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a. The act or process of stretching something tight.
b. The condition of so being stretched; tautness.
a. A force tending to stretch or elongate something.
b. A measure of such a force: a tension on the cable of 50 pounds.
a. Mental, emotional, or nervous strain: working under great tension to make a deadline.
b. Barely controlled hostility or a strained relationship between people or groups: the dangerous tension between opposing military powers.
4. A balanced relation between strongly opposing elements: "the continuing, and essential, tension between two of the three branches of government, judicial and legislative" (Haynes Johnson).
5. The interplay of conflicting elements in a piece of literature, especially a poem.
6. A device for regulating tautness, especially a device that controls the tautness of thread on a sewing machine or loom.
7. Electricity Voltage or potential; electromotive force.
tr.v. ten·sioned, ten·sion·ing, ten·sions
To subject to tension; tighten.

[Latin tēnsiō, tēnsiōn-, a stretching out, from tēnsus, past participle of tendere, to stretch; see tense1.]

ten′sion·al adj.
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In addition, CCL carries support for precast industry units in terms of supply of pre-stressed accessories, equipment calibration, and design for precast post tensioned beams.
The important tension consideration for laminating flexible film composites is that the individual webs need to be tensioned before they are laminated so that the strain (elongation of the web due to web tension) will be approximately equal for each web.
On average, tensions between 30 and 35 Newton are a good starting point for a properly tensioned stencil.