Dictionary Results for tension


1. tension - noun

· (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

Synonym(s): tenseness, stress

Hypernym(s): strain, mental_strain, nervous_strain




2. tension - noun

· 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(s): tensity, tenseness, tautness

Hypernym(s): condition, status




3. tension - noun

· 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"

Hypernym(s): balance




4. tension - noun

· (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"

Hypernym(s): stress




5. tension - noun

· 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(s): latent_hostility

Hypernym(s): hostility, enmity, antagonism




6. tension - noun

· the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

Hypernym(s): stretching





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