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tension

Noun

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" [syn: latent hostility]
2 (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor" [syn: tenseness, stress]
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" [syn: tensity, tenseness, tautness]
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"
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"
6 the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

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English

Etymology

From tension.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈtenʃən/, /"tenS@n/

Noun

  1. Psychological state of being tense.
  2. Condition of being held in a state between two or more forces, which are acting in opposition to each other
  3. State of an elastic object which is stretched in a way which increases its length.
  4. Voltage. Usually only the terms low tension, high tension, and extra-high tension, and the abbreviations LT, HT, and EHT are used. They are not precisely defined; LT is normally a few volts, HT a few hundreds of volts, and EHT thousands of volts.

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Translations

psychological state
state of an elastic object
voltage
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Verb

  1. To place an object in tension, to pull or place strain on.
    We tensioned the cable until it snapped.

Finnish

Noun

tension

French

Etymology

From tensionem.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Extensive Definition

Tension may mean:

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tension in Catalan: Tensió
tension in Czech: Napětí
tension in German: Spannung
tension in Spanish: Tensión
tension in French: Tension
tension in Galician: Tensión
tension in Italian: Tensione
tension in Latvian: Spriegums (nozīmju atdalīšana)
tension in Dutch: Spanning
tension in Japanese: テンション
tension in Portuguese: Tensão
tension in Russian: Напряжение
tension in Simple English: Tension
tension in Slovak: Napätie
tension in Slovenian: Napetost
tension in Serbian: Напон
tension in Serbo-Croatian: Napetost

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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