HyperDic: tension

English > 6 senses of the word tension:
NOUNstatetension, tenseness, stress(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
statetension, tensity, tenseness, tautnessthe physical condition of being stretched or strained
statetensiona balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
phenomenontension(physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body
statetension, latent hostilityfeelings of hostility that are not manifest
acttensionthe action of stretching something tight
tension > pronunciation
Soundsteh'nshahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > tension: 6 senses > noun 1, state
Meaning(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense.
Example"he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"
Synonymstenseness, stress
Categorypsychology, psychological scienceThe science of mental life
Narrowerbreaking point(psychology) stress / stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial
yipsnervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts)
Broaderstrain, mental strain, nervous strain(psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
Spanishagotamiento, estrés, fatiga, stress, tensión
Catalanesgotament, estrès, fatiga, tensió
English > tension: 6 senses > noun 2, state
MeaningThe physical condition of being stretched or strained.
Example"it places great tension on the leg muscles"
Synonymstensity, tenseness, tautness
Narrowertonicity, tonus, toneThe elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
Broadercondition, statusA state at a particular time
Spanishtensión, tirantez
Catalantensió
Verbstensecause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
tensebecome tense, nervous, or uneasy
English > tension: 6 senses > noun 3, state
MeaningA balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature).
Examples
  • "there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time"
  • "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history"
Categoryart, artistic creation, artistic productionThe creation of beautiful or significant things
literaturecreative writing of recognized / recognized artistic value
BroaderbalanceA state of equilibrium
Adjectivestensionalof or relating to or produced by tension
English > tension: 6 senses > noun 4, phenomenon
Meaning(physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body.
Example"the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear"
Categoryphysics, natural philosophyThe science of matter and energy and their interactions
Broaderstress(physics) force that produces strain on a physical body
Catalantensió
Adjectivestensileof or relating to tension
Verbstenseincrease the tension on
tensebecome stretched or tense or taut
English > tension: 6 senses > noun 5, state
MeaningFeelings of hostility that are not manifest.
Example "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
Synonymlatent hostility
Broaderhostility, enmity, antagonismA state of deep-seated ill-will
Adjectivestensionalof or relating to or produced by tension
English > tension: 6 senses > noun 6, act
MeaningThe action of stretching something tight.
Example"tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
BroaderstretchingAct of expanding by lengthening or widening
Verbstenseincrease the tension on
tensebecome stretched or tense or taut

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