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  1. stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (phonetics) pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat') Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. in or of a state of physical or nervous tension Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. increase the tension on; "tense a rope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat') Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Drawn tightly; not lax; severely strained; rigid; tense nerves. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. A change in the form of a verb, showing the time of the action expressed; a verb form which indicates a certain distinction of time by changing its form or by the help of auxiliaries. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Tensely. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Tenseness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Tenser. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  17. Tensest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. Tight, rigid, strained. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  19. Drawn tightly or stretched. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  20. The form of a verb to indicate the time of the action. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Strained to stiffness: rigid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  22. Form of a verb to indicate time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  23. Strained tight. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. Stretched tight. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. A form taken by a verb to indicate the time of an action, state, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Stretched: strained to stiffness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. An inflection in verbs to distinguish the time of the action. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. Drawn tight; stretched; rigid. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. That form or modification of the verb by which time is expressed. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. tens, n. time in grammar, the form of a verb to indicate the time of the action. [O. Fr. tens (Fr. temps)--L. tempus, time.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  31. tens, adj. strained to stiffness: rigid.--adv. TENSE'LY.--ns. TENSE'NESS, state of being tense; TENSIBIL'ITY, TENSIL'ITY, quality of being tensile.--adjs. TEN'SIBLE, TEN'SILE, capable of being stretched.--ns. TEN'SION, act of stretching: state of being stretched or strained: strain: effort: strain in the direction of the length, or the degree of it: mental strain, excited feeling: a strained state of any kind; TEN'SION-ROD, a rod in a structure holding together different parts; TEN'SITY, tenseness: state of being tense.--adj. TEN'SIVE, giving the sensation of tenseness or stiffness.--n. TEN'SOR, a muscle that tightens a part. [L. tensus, pa.p. of tend[)e]re, to stretch.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. (gram.). form taken by verb to indicate the time (also continuance or completeness) of the action &c., as present, future, past, (im)perfect, pluperfect, aorist, t., primary, historic, tt.; set of such forms for the various persons; SEQUENCE of tt. Hence tenseless a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. (Of cord, membrane, nerve, fig. of mind, emotion), stretched tight, strained to stiffness. Hence tensely adv., tenseness, tensity, nn. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  34. n. [French, Latin] One of the forms which a verb takes to indicate the time of the action or event signified ; particular inflection of a verb by which the time of the action is expressed. Cabinet Dictionary

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