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Definition of Tension

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tautness, strain, nervousness, agitation, apprehension, excitement
Tension Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(a.)
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.
  
(a.)
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.
  
(a.)
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.
  
(a.)
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.
  
(a.)
Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.
  
(a.)
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.
  
(a.)
A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness.
  
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tension
\ten"sion\ (?), n. [l. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to stretch: cf. f. tension. see tense, a.]
1. 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.
2. fig.: extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.
3. 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.
4. (mech.) 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.
5. a device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness.
6. (physics) 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.
7. (elec.) 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
brace, or
tension
member (engin.), a brace or member designed to resist tension, or subjected to tension, in a structure.
tension
rod (engin.), an iron rod used as a tension member to strengthen timber or metal framework, roofs, or the like.
tension
n
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. 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"


  similar words(8) 



 interfacial tension 
 low-tension 
 tension member 
 interfacial surface tension 
 tension brace 
 tension rod 
 high-tension 
 tension headache 
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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"
(synonym) latent hostility
(hypernym) hostility, enmity, antagonism
2. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
(synonym) tenseness, stress
(hypernym) strain, mental strain, nervous strain
(hyponym) yips
(classification) psychology, psychological science
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"
(synonym) tensity, tenseness, tautness
(hypernym) condition, status
(hyponym) tonicity, tonus, tone
(derivation) tense, tense up
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"
(hypernym) balance
(classification) art, artistic creation, artistic production
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"
(hypernym) stress
(derivation) strain, tense
(classification) physics, physical science, natural philosophy
6. the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
(hypernym) stretching
(derivation) strain, tense
Tension Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
A pulling or stretching stress applied to an object. Also see high tension leads , and low tension leads .
Technical English by wpv
The force or load that produces elongation.
Tension Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Tension may refer to:

Science
  • Tension (physics), a force related to the stretching of an object (the opposite of compression)
  • Tension (geology), a stress which stretches rocks in two opposite directions
  • Voltage or electric tension

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Tension Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Chess Terms
A position where pieces and/or pawns face off against each other without capturing. Such positions require precise calculation, and nerves of steel.