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Definitions of tense

  1. become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. increase the tension on; "tense a rope" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Tensest. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. The form of a verb to indicate the time of the action. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Form of a verb to indicate time. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Tenser. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. (phonetics) pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat') Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. in or of a state of physical or nervous tension Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat') Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Drawn tightly; not lax; severely strained; rigid; tense nerves. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Strained to stiffness: rigid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Strained tight. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Stretched tight. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Stretched: strained to stiffness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Drawn tight; stretched; rigid. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for tense

  1. McCall stopped; his features were drawn and tense – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew
  2. The feeling that his father, whom he had hardly hoped ever to see again, was within a mile or so, had plunged him into such a state of tense excitement that it was all he could do to control it. – On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles by Thomas Charles Bridges
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