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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.]
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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
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[ˈtɛnsnɪs] n
[person] → tension f
[muscles, body] → tension f
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(= 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
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[ˈtɛnsnɪs] ntensione f
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(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.
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n. tensión.
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I had felt her, it is true, trembling for nights and days together under my feet, but it was with the high-strung tenseness of her faithful courage.
There was no tenseness in her body, her arms did not go around him, and her lips met his without their wonted pressure.
The minutes passed, and slowly his tenseness relaxed.
Borckman came and stood by Van Horn's shoulder, and both men, strung to their tones in the tenseness of apprehension, strove to penetrate the surrounding blackness with their eyes, while they listened with all their ears for any message of the elements from sea and air.
Yet all three animals were keyed to a tenseness of living that was almost painful, and scarcely ever would it come to them to be more alive than they were then in their seeming petrifaction.
The tenseness of Madame de S 's stare had relaxed, and now she looked at Razumov in a silence that became disconcerting.
The news conference was part of ghetto tenseness. Police squads with taped up windows drove past couples walking quietly hand in hand past a man strolling home with his laundry.
Day, given him the necessary post-operative instructions; our pet patient, seven year old Junior and his nurse enter the waiting room, and we experience that feeling of tenseness that the arrival of Junior always provokes.
Aside from helping you have a sound sleep throughout the night, a spa also has health benefits like lessening the tenseness of your muscles and improving blood circulation.
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In the end the research results conclude that lighting play a pivotal role in overall store environment and they also found that effective lighting within stores increase customer interest in the purchase create a sense of coziness and decrease shopping hassle and tenseness (Mohan and Sharma, 2018).
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