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tension

tension - Dictionary definition and meaning for word tension

Definition
(noun) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
Synonyms : stress , tenseness
Example Sentence
  • he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension
  • stress is a vasoconstrictor

Definition
(noun) the physical condition of being stretched or strained
Synonyms : tautness , tenseness , tensity
Example Sentence
  • it places great tension on the leg muscles
  • he could feel the tenseness of her body

Definition
(noun) a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
Example Sentence
  • there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time
  • there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history

Definition
(noun) (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body
Example Sentence
  • the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear

Definition
(noun) feelings of hostility that are not manifest
Synonyms : latent hostility
Example Sentence
  • he could sense her latent hostility to him
  • the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions

Definition
(noun) the action of stretching something tight
Example Sentence
  • tension holds the belt in the pulleys

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tension

Tension and Confusion. Tension leads to a strained confusion of mind.
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