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Definition 1: the action of stretching something tight - [noun denoting act]

Samples where tension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tension holds the belt in the pulleys

(tension is a kind of ...) act of expanding by lengthening or widening

Definition 2: (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body - [noun denoting phenomenon]

Samples where tension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear

(tension is a kind of ...) (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

"the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area"

(tension belongs to category ...) the science of matter and energy and their interactions

"his favorite subject was physics"

Definition 3: feelings of hostility that are not manifest - [noun denoting state]

Samples where tension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could sense her latent hostility to him
  • the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions

Synonyms for tension in the sense of this definition

(tension is a kind of ...) a state of deep-seated ill-will

Definition 4: the physical condition of being stretched or strained - [noun denoting state]

Samples where tension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it places great tension on the leg muscles
  • he could feel the tenseness of her body

Synonyms for tension in the sense of this definition

(tension is a kind of ...) a state at a particular time

"a condition (or state) of disrepair" "the current status of the arms negotiations"

(... is a kind of tension ) the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

"the doctor tested my tonicity"

Definition 5: a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where tension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time
  • there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history

(tension is a kind of ...) a state of equilibrium

(tension belongs to category ...) the creation of beautiful or significant things

"art does not need to be innovative to be good" "I was never any good at art" "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"

(tension belongs to category ...) creative writing of recognized artistic value

Definition 6: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense - [noun denoting state]

Samples where tension or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension
  • stress is a vasoconstrictor

Synonyms for tension in the sense of this definition

(tension is a kind of ...) (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress

"his responsibilities were a constant strain" "the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him"

(... is a kind of tension ) nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts)

"to avoid the yips he changed his style of putting"

(... is a kind of tension ) (psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial

(tension belongs to category ...) the science of mental life

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