a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
taut or rigid; stretched tight
"tense piano strings"
become stretched or tense or taut
"the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
increase the tension on
"alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"
tense, tense up(verb)
become tense, nervous, or uneasy
"He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
tense, strain, tense up(verb)
cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
"he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"
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
stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tens, n. time in grammar, the form of a verb to indicate the time of the action. [O. Fr. tens (Fr. temps)—L. tempus, time.]
tens, adj. strained to stiffness: rigid.—adv. Tense′ly.—ns. Tense′ness, state of being tense; Tensibil′ity, Tensil′ity, quality of being tensile.—adjs. Ten′sible, Ten′sile, capable of being stretched.—ns. Ten′sion, act of stretching: state of being stretched or strained: strain: effort: strain in the direction of the length, or the degree of it: mental strain, excited feeling: a strained state of any kind; Ten′sion-rod, a rod in a structure holding together different parts; Ten′sity, tenseness: state of being tense.—adj. Ten′sive, giving the sensation of tenseness or stiffness.—n. Ten′sor, a muscle that tightens a part. [L. tensus, pa.p. of tendĕre, to stretch.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
Of programs, very clever and efficient. A tense piece of code often got that way because it was highly tuned, 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.
The numerical value of tense in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of tense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Who's not sat tense before his own heart's curtain.
To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil.
I think the fact of using the tense situation on the outskirts of Debaltseve by militants-terrorists-mercenaries poses a great threat, which can violate the ceasefire regime.
The situation is really tense, it seems to be getting more and more tense. The President is not backing down. And the protesters seem to be just carrying on with their protests.
It is a tense time around elections and security forces are already stretched thin, displaced people are already struggling for food, access to clean water and healthcare facilities.
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Translations for tense
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- gespanne, styf, tyd, tempusAfrikaans
- صيغة, صيغة الفعلArabic
- temps, tesar, tensCatalan, Valencian
- slovesný čas, napnout, napjatý, časCzech
- Tempus, gespannt, ZeitGerman
- τεντωμένος, τεταμένος, χρόνοςGreek
- tiempo gramatical, tiempo, tensoSpanish
- pingulduma, aeg, ajavorm, pingne, pinguldama, pinev, tempus, pinguletõmmatudEstonian
- jännittynyt, tempus, jännittää, kireä, aikaluokka, aikamuoto, jännittyä, jännitetty, hermostunutFinnish
- tendu, tempsFrench
- tíð, upptrekktur, órólegurIcelandic
- 緊張, 時制Japanese
- напнат, времеMacedonian
- tijd, spannen, opspannen, tempus, gespannen, strakDutch
- tempo, tensionar, tenso, estendidoPortuguese
- тугой, напряжённый, время, натянутыйRussian
- spänd, tempusSwedish
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