tightening


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tight·en

 (tīt′n)
tr. & intr.v. tight·ened, tight·en·ing, tight·ens
To make or become tight or tighter.

tight′en·er n.

tightening

(ˈtaɪtənɪŋ)
n
1. (of a part of the body) tensing or stiffening
2. the act of making a rule, policy, or system stricter or more efficient
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tightening - the act of making something tightertightening - the act of making something tighter; "the tightening of economic controls"
take-up - the action of taking up as by tightening or absorption or reeling in
modification, adjustment, alteration - the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
laxation, loosening - the act of making something less tight
Translations

tightening

[ˈtaɪtnɪŋ] N [of rope] → tensamiento m; [of controls, security] → refuerzo m; [of skin] → tirantez f

tightening

[ˈtaɪtənɪŋ] n
(= constriction) [muscle] → contraction f; [throat] → serrement m
(= making stricter) [rules, control] → renforcement m
References in classic literature ?
I," said Short-Rations, "I know all the fashions Of tightening a belt
To this day I cannot utter or even write that name without a strange tightening of the breast and the gasp of mingled delight and dread of one's first passionate experience.
Those on the hind feet he secured not only by tightening the draw strings but also rigged garters that fastened tightly around the legs above the hocks.
And again, struggling frantically as the tightening collar shut off his wind, Ben Bolt was slowly lifted into the air.
This was as exasperating as the real thing, for each time Daylight was fooled into tightening his leg grip and into a general muscular tensing of all his body.
Sancho perceiving it his master's final resolve, and how little his tears, counsels, and entreaties prevailed with him, determined to have recourse to his own ingenuity and compel him, if he could, to wait till daylight; and so, while tightening the girths of the horse, he quietly and without being felt, with his ass' halter tied both Rocinante's legs, so that when Don Quixote strove to go he was unable as the horse could only move by jumps.
I should have no qualms about tightening the rope round the neck of some human monster, or sticking a neat dagger or bullet into a dangerous, treacherous foe, but to kill a dream is a sickening business.
It was some time before they started for their walk; he kept an arm about her, and their sides were close together as they walked; the sun, the birds, the west wind running among the trees, a pressure, a look, the grasp tightening round a single finger, these things stood them in lieu of thought and filled their hearts with joy.
There's something about him-- don't think me fanciful, but it gives me a nasty little sensation, a tightening of my muscles, when he comes near me.
The tightening noose was stopping the circulation of the blood in his legs--he was beginning to suffer.
I turned on the instant, with my fingers tightening round the handle of my stick.
I looked up and saw, far off in the shade of a tree, half a dozen armed knights and their squires; and straightway there was bustle among them and tightening of saddle-girths for the mount.