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Meaning of TENSE

Pronunciation:  tens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  2. [adj]  taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
  3. [adj]  (phonetics) pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
  4. [adj]  in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
  5. [v]  make tense
  6. [v]  become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
  7. [v]  increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
  8. [v]  stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"

TENSE is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: aroused, cliff-hanging, constricted, drawn, edgy, electric, highly strung, high-strung, in suspense(p), isotonic, jittery, jumpy, nail-biting, nervous, nervy, overstrung, pumped up(p), pumped(p), pumped-up(a), restive, strain, strain, strained, suspenseful, suspensive, taut, tense up, tight, unrelaxed, uptight, wired, wound up
 Antonyms: at ease, decompress, lax, loosen up, make relaxed, relax, relaxed, slow down, unbend, unlax, unstrain, unwind
 See Also: affect, agitated, alter, aorist, change, change state, continuous tense, crick, extend, future, future tense, grammatical category, imperfect, imperfect tense, past, past tense, perfect, perfect tense, perfective, perfective tense, present, present tense, progressive, progressive tense, stretch, syntactic category, tense, tighten, turn, uneasy



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tense\, n. [OF. tens, properly, time, F. temps time,
    tense. See {Temporal} of time, and cf. {Thing}.] (Gram.)
    One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by
    adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the
    action or event signified; the modification which verbs
    undergo for the indication of time.
    Note: The primary simple tenses are three: those which
          express time past, present, and future; but these admit
          of modifications, which differ in different languages.
  2. \Tense\, a. [L. tensus, p. p. of tendere to stretch. See
    {Tend} to move, and cf. {Toise}.]
    Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as,
    a tense fiber.
          The temples were sunk, her forehead was tense, and a
          fatal paleness was upon her.             --Goldsmith.
    -- {Tense"ly}, adv. -- {Tense"ness}, n.
Computing Dictionary

Of programs, very clever and efficient. A tense piece of code often got that way because it was highly bummed, but sometimes it was just based on a great idea. A comment in a clever routine by Mike Kazar, once a grad-student hacker at CMU: "This routine is so tense it will bring tears to your eyes." A tense programmer is one who produces tense code.

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