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  Definition of tension
  1. the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
  2. (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body; "the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear"
  3. feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats'' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
  4. a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature); "there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time"; "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history"
  5. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
  6. the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"
Similar Words: latent hostility, tenseness, stress, tensity, tautness

 

Hyponyms: yips, breaking point, tonicity, tonus, tone

 

Derivational Morphology: strain, tense, try, stress, tense up

 

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