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.
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.
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.
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.
My squire, God's curse upon him, is better at unloosing his tongue in talking impertinence than in tightening the girths of a saddle to keep it steady; but however I may be, allen or raised up, on foot or on horseback, I shall always be at your service and that of my lady the duchess, your worthy consort, worthy queen of beauty and paramount princess of courtesy.
As he walked home, the thoughts of this excursion out of the safe places of life into the wild and arduous, stirred and struggled in his imagination with the image of Miss Mackenzie - incongruous and yet kindred thoughts, for did not each imply unusual tightening of the pegs of resolution?
As the tightening of the padding and the pressing of the head to the board is gradual, the process is said not to be attended with much pain.
She had plunged the breakfast dishes into a tin dish-pan and was bending above it with her slim arms bared to the elbow, the steam from the hot water beading her forehead and tightening her rough hair into little brown rings like the tendrils on the traveller's joy.
The Cossacks were untying their horses and tightening their saddle girths.
When we had surmounted the acclivity, I was about to withdraw my arm from his, but by a slight tightening of the elbow was tacitly informed that such was not his will, and accordingly desisted.
Seein' you believe what you believe, then you'd be for compoundin' the felony," Daughtry retorted, the habitual obstinate tightening of his brows showing which way his will set.