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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
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It states that when we think or speak about an event or an object, we necessarily think or speak about it as tensedly located in time, that is, as past, present, or future.
Now, according to the tenseless view, tenses are not real, and in particular the setting of the sun is not a tensedly located event, it is not past, or present, or future.
38) That is what the geographical transfer of tense amounts to--it is the recognition that events are not tensedly located, that they only appear to us to be so located, that it is only in our heads that they are past, present, and future.