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Tension 1

Definition: 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.

Tension 2

Definition: Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.

Tension 3

Definition: 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.

Tension 4

Definition: 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.

Tension 5

Definition: A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness.

Tension 6

Definition: 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.

Tension 7

Definition: 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.

tension 8

Definition: the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

tension 9

Definition: (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"

tension 10

Definition: feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats'' first concern was to reduce international tensions"

tension 11

Definition: 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"

tension 12

Definition: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

tension 13

Definition: the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

 

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