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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. the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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
  11. The force by which a part is pulled when forming part of any system in equilibrium or in motion; as, the tension of a srting supporting a weight equals that weight. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The pressure or of a confined body of vapor. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. 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.
  17. 1. The act of stretching. 2. The condition of being stretched or tense. 3. The tendency of a gas or other substance to return to its natural state when relieved of a constraining force. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  18. Applied to tense condition of an organ. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  19. Act of stretching: state of being stretched or strained: strain: effort. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Act of stretching; state of being stretched; strain. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. The act of stretching; stress; strain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. [Latin] The act of stretching or of pulling taut. na
  25. [Latin] A state of tightness; the condition of being stretched; the amount by which anything, especially a muscle, is stretched or elongated in opposition to it inherent elastic or contractile power. T. sutures, sutures inserted to reduce traction on the lips of a wound. na
  26. [Latin] Hence, reciprocally, internal pressure or tendency to expansion; the force which urges a confined body to expand and break through its confining walls; as T. of gases (= the tendency to expansion produced by the mutual repulsion of the gaseous molecules), Intraocular t. (or pressure of the contents of the eye against its tunics due to constantly renewed accumulation of fluid in the interior). Intraocular t. is estimated by palpation, and is denoted by the symbol Tn (=normal tension) and T +1, T+ 2, T+ 3, or T – 1, T – 2 and T – 3, denotes respectively various degrees of increased and diminished t. na
  27. [Latin] Of electricity, that property of it which enables it to overcome resistance (Electrical t.). na
  28. Stretching, being stretched; tenseness; mental strain or excitement; strained (political, social, &c.) state; (Mech.) stress by which bar, cord, &c. is pulled when it is part of a system in equilibrium or motion; expansive force of gas or vapour; (v.t., only in p.p.) subject to t. Hence tensional a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. The condition of being stretched or tense. American pocket medical dictionary.
  30. Pressure. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  31. [L.] The elastic force or pressure of a vapour, measured by the height of the column of mercury which it will support ; thus the Tension of vapour of water at 212 is thirty inches. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  32. [L.] The force with which a stretched body endeavours to recover its shape. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  33. n. [Latin] Act of stretching or straining ;-state of being stretched or strained to stiffness ; the state of being bent or strained ;-hence, high intellectual effort ;-strong excitement of feeling ;-the degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, beam, &c., is strained by drawing it in the direction of its length;-the force by which a bow or string is pulled when forming part of any system in equilibrium or in motion ;-expansive or elastic force. Cabinet Dictionary

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