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Definitions of tension

  1. feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body; "the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature); "there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time"; "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. The pressure or tension of a confined body of vapor. The pressure of a given saturated vapor is a function of the temperature only, and may be measured by introducing a small quantity of the substance into a barometer and noting the depression of the column of mercury. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. The pressure or of a confined body of vapor. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. The act of stretching or straining; the state of being stretched or strained; mental strain; strong excitement of feeling; strained relations; in machinery, a device to loosen or tighten the thread on a sewing machine; the condition or stress due to pulling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Act of stretching: state of being stretched or strained: strain: effort. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Act of stretching; state of being stretched; strain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. The act of stretching; stress; strain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. The act of stretching or straining; the state of being strained; intense effort; intensity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. The act of stretching or straining; state of being stretched to stiffness; the strain in the direction of the length which a body can bear. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. The act of stretching or straining; the state of being stretched or strained to stiffness; the state of being bent strained; as, the tension of the muscles, tension of the larynx. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, piece of timber, or the like, is strained by drawing it in the direction of its length; strain. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Expansive force; the force with which the particles of a body, as a gas, tend to recede from each other and occupy a larger space; elastic force; elasticity; as, the tension of vapor; the tension of air. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The quality in consequence of which an electric charge tends to discharge itself, as into the air by a spark, or to pass from a body of greater to one of less electrical potential. It varies as the quantity of electricity upon a given area. Webster Dictionary DB

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Usage examples for tension

  1. There was a slight stir in court- an expression of the feeling of tension among the spectators. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  2. At all events, she should know for a certainty by going to Davenport; and with every nerve stretched to its utmost tension Ethie arose from her bed and packed her trunk quietly and quickly, and then going to the office, surprised the clerk with the announcement that she wished to leave on the ten- o'clock train. – Ethelyn's Mistake by Mary Jane Holmes
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