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tense 1

adj. tens·er, tens·est
1. Tightly stretched; taut. See Synonyms at stiff, tight.
a. In a state of nervous tension or mental strain: was very tense before the exam.
b. Causing or characterized by nervous tension or mental strain: a tense standoff between border patrols.
3. Linguistics Enunciated with taut muscles, as the sound (ē) in keen.
tr. & intr.v. tensed, tens·ing, tens·es
To make or become tense.

[Latin tēnsus, past participle of tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

tense′ly adv.
tense′ness n.

tense 2

n. Grammar
1. A property of verbs in which the time of the action or state, as well as its continuance or completion, is indicated or expressed.
2. A category or set of verb forms that indicate or express the time, such as past, present, or future, of the action or state.

[Middle English tens, from Old French, time, from Latin tempus.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tenseness - the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
tonicity, tonus, tone - the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"
2.tenseness - (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
mental strain, nervous strain, strain - (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; "his responsibilities were a constant strain"; "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"
yips - nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts); "to avoid the yips he changed his style of putting"
breaking point - (psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial
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[ˈtensnɪs] Ntensión f


[ˈtɛnsnɪs] n
[person] → tension f
[muscles, body] → tension f


(= tautness, of rope) → Gespanntheit f, → Straffheit f; (of muscles)(An)gespanntheit f
(of person, expression, bearing, through stress, worry etc) → Angespanntheit f; (through nervousness, fear etc) → Verkrampftheit f; (of voice)Nervosität f; (of atmosphere, situation)Gespanntheit f; (of negotiations)Spannungsgeladenheit f; (of relations)Angespanntheit f
(= excitement: of scene) → Spannung(sgeladenheit) f


[ˈtɛnsnɪs] ntensione f


(tens) adjective
1. strained; nervous. The crowd was tense with excitement; a tense situation.
2. tight; tightly stretched.
to make or become tense. He tensed his muscles.
ˈtensely adverb
ˈtenseness noun
ˈtension (-ʃən) noun
1. the state of being stretched, or the degree to which something is stretched. the tension of the rope.
2. mental strain; anxiety. She is suffering from nervous tension; the tensions of modern life.


n. tensión.