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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:
Adj.1.tensed - having inflections to indicate tense
finite - of verbs; relating to forms of the verb that are limited in time by a tense and (usually) show agreement with number and person
References in classic literature ?
At the first glance his eyes narrowed and his muscles tensed.
In the depth of the jungle the cloud shadows produced a thick blackness that might almost be felt--a blackness that to you and me might have proven terrifying with its accompaniment of rustling leaves and cracking twigs, and its even more suggestive intervals of utter silence in which the crudest of imaginations might have conjured crouching beasts of prey tensed for the fatal charge; but through it Tarzan passed unconcerned, yet always alert.
But they were silent in amazement and expectation when they saw the mighty white ape wriggle upon the back of their king, and, with steel muscles tensed beneath the armpits of his antagonist, bear down mightily with his open palms upon the back of the thick bullneck, so that the king ape could but shriek in agony and flounder helplessly about upon the thick mat of jungle grass.
The tensed body relaxed, and the black, stooping over the corpse, helped carry it out.
The Virgin, who had tensed unconsciously till her muscles hurt her, relaxed.
Lizzie knew it for what it was, and her body tensed angrily.
But not alone at this did they laugh, for at the moment of the snap and the turning over, Captain Duncan's unstrung nerves had exploded, causing him to jump as he tensed his whole body.
And then, as though the hand of Death had reached out and touched them all, the five men tensed into sudden rigidity.
Why was it then that his brows contracted and his muscles tensed as he saw Taug pause beside the young she and then squat down close to her?
But there came a time when the buck's ears lifted and tensed with swift eagerness for sound.
In this paper the notion of tensed content is defended.
Meanwhile, situation became more tensed after four people including FC personnel shot dead last night.