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tension

 
Noun tension has 6 senses
  1. latent hostility, tension - feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
    --1 is a kind of hostility, enmity, antagonism
  2. tension, tenseness, stress - (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
    --2 is a kind of strain, mental strain, nervous strain; vasoconstrictor, vasoconstrictive
    --2 has particulars: yips; breaking point
  3. tension, tensity, tenseness, tautness - the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"
    --3 is a kind of condition, status
    --3 has particulars: tonicity, tonus, tone
    Derived forms: verb tense3, verb tense4
  4. tension - 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"
    --4 is a kind of
    balance
  5. tension - (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"
    --5 is a kind of
    stress
    Derived forms: verb tense1, verb tense2
  6. tension - the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
    --6 is a kind of
    stretching
    Derived forms: verb tense1, verb tense2
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