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Meaning of TENSION

Pronunciation:  'tenshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
  2. [n]  (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"
  3. [n]  feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
  4. [n]  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"
  5. [n]  (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
  6. [n]  the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

TENSION is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: latent hostility, stress, tautness, tenseness, tensity
 See Also: antagonism, balance, breaking point, condition, enmity, hostility, mental strain, nervous strain, status, strain, stress, stretching, tone, tonicity, tonus, vasoconstrictive, vasoconstrictor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ten"sion\, n. [L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to
stretch: cf. F. tension. See {Tense}, a.]
1. The act of stretching or straining; the state of being
   stretched or strained to stiffness; the state of being
   bent strained; as, the tension of the muscles, tension of
   the larynx.

2. Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling;
   intense effort.

3. The degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, piece of
   timber, or the like, is strained by drawing it in the
   direction of its length; strain. --Gwilt.

4. (Mech.) The force by which a part is pulled when forming
   part of any system in equilibrium or in motion; as, the
   tension of a srting supporting a weight equals that

5. A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a
   sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required
   degree of tightness.

6. (Physics) Expansive force; the force with which the
   particles of a body, as a gas, tend to recede from each
   other and occupy a larger space; elastic force;
   elasticity; as, the tension of vapor; the tension of air.

7. (Elec.) The quality in consequence of which an electric
   charge tends to discharge itself, as into the air by a
   spark, or to pass from a body of greater to one of less
   electrical potential. It varies as the quantity of
   electricity upon a given area.

{Tension brace}, or {Tension member} (Engin.), a brace or
   member designed to resist tension, or subjected to
   tension, in a structure.

{Tension rod} (Engin.), an iron rod used as a tension member
   to strengthen timber or metal framework, roofs, or the