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Tension 1Definition: 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.
Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.
Tension 3Definition: 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 4Definition: 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 5Definition: 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 6Definition: 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 7Definition: 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 8Definition: the action of stretching something tight; "tension
holds the belt in the pulleys"
tension 9Definition: (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 10Definition: feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the
diplomats'' first concern was to reduce international
tension 11Definition: 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 12Definition: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
tension 13Definition: the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it
places great tension on the leg
muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"