Definitions for tension

Definitions for (noun) tension

Main entry: tension

Definition: the action of stretching something tight

Usage: tension holds the belt in the pulleys

Main entry: tension

Definition: (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body

Usage: the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear

Main entry: latent hostility, tension

Definition: feelings of hostility that are not manifest

Usage: he could sense her latent hostility to him; the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions

Main entry: tension

Definition: a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)

Usage: there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time; there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history

Main entry: stress, tenseness, tension

Definition: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

Usage: he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension; stress is a vasoconstrictor

Main entry: tenseness, tension, tensity, tautness

Definition: the physical condition of being stretched or strained

Usage: it places great tension on the leg muscles; he could feel the tenseness of her body

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