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tension

[ ten-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF tension
  • nountightness
  • nounmental stress

Synonyms for tension

  • pressure
  • strain
  • stress
  • balance
  • constriction
  • force
  • rigidity
  • stiffness
  • straining
  • stretching
  • tautness
  • tenseness
  • tensity
  • astriction
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Antonyms for tension

  • calmness
  • contentedness
  • ease
  • limpness
  • looseness
  • peace
  • relaxation
  • slack
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TENSION

The great bow creaked and groaned and the cord vibrated with the tension.

Dick, too, had felt the tension of an emotion far beyond that of the usual things.

It seemed to relieve the tension drawn by the other woman's torment.

There was some tension of mind or muscle that kept sleep far from him.

Whether this tension was felt by the Honourable George, I had no means of knowing.

There was a dry tightness in his throat and he concentrated on relaxing his tension.

He wiped his face, and coughed to relieve the tension in his throat.

Smithy's voice was strained; it showed the tension under which he was laboring.

And it was he who, plainly seeking for a subject to relieve the tension, spoke next.

The tension was too much for the spectators, and one by one they left the room.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "a stretched condition," from Middle French tension, from Latin tensionem (nominative tensio) "a stretching" (in Medieval Latin "a struggle, contest"), noun of state from tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "stretch" (see tenet). The sense of "nervous strain" is first recorded 1763. The meaning "electromotive force" (in high-tension wires) is recorded from 1802.

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nounfeeling of sudden fear

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noundispute, quarrel
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