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Meaning & Definition of Tension in English

English

Tension

/tɛnʃən/

noun

1. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

  • "He suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"
  • "Stress is a vasoconstrictor"
    synonym:
  • tension
  • ,
  • tenseness
  • ,
  • stress

2. The physical condition of being stretched or strained

  • "It places great tension on the leg muscles"
  • "He could feel the tenseness of her body"
    synonym:
  • tension
  • ,
  • tensity
  • ,
  • tenseness
  • ,
  • tautness

3. 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"
    synonym:
  • tension

4. (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"
    synonym:
  • tension

5. Feelings of hostility that are not manifest

  • "He could sense her latent hostility to him"
  • "The diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
    synonym:
  • latent hostility
  • ,
  • tension

6. The action of stretching something tight

  • "Tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
    synonym:
  • tension

Examples of using

Tom tried to ease the tension.
I felt the tension grow between us.
There was a lot of tension between Tom and Mary.