What does Tense mean?

Definitions for Tense
tɛnsTense

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Tense.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tense(adj)

    a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

  2. tense(adj)

    in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

  3. tense(adj)

    pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')

  4. tense(verb)

    taut or rigid; stretched tight

    "tense piano strings"

  5. strain, tense(verb)

    become stretched or tense or taut

    "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached"

  6. tense(verb)

    increase the tension on

    "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"

  7. tense, tense up(verb)

    become tense, nervous, or uneasy

    "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"

  8. 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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tense(noun)

    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

  2. Tense(adj)

    stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tense

    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.]

  2. Tense

    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

  1. tense

    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.

Anagrams for Tense »

  1. Enets

  2. Sente

How to pronounce Tense?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say Tense in sign language?

  1. tense

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tense in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Tense in a Sentence

  1. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:

    As part of the Munich Agreement ... all sides are called on - even before the start of a ceasefire - to contribute to an immediate reduction in violence, that goes for Russia and the Syrian regime's military operations around Aleppo and the latest attacks by PYD militias in northern Syria. In view of the tense situation, Turkey too must show restraint.

  2. Carmen Aristegui:

    There was a request that this work was not put out on MVS. There was a really tense and complex situation between us. Not in an imposing or imperative tone, more an attempt for me to 'show understanding'.

  3. Timothy Lam:

    It has a calming effect, the police had a lot of equipment, they were very tense and searching people. The students sang this to show they were peaceful.

  4. James Dean:

    I’m a serious-minded and intense little devil, terribly gauche and so tense I don’t see how people stay in the same room with me. I know I wouldn’t tolerate myself.

  5. Tint Soe:

    We were scared when the military MPs suddenly stood up against our MP's proposal... my heart just dropped when I turned around to check the noise. The situation was really tense.

Images & Illustrations of Tense

  1. TenseTenseTenseTenseTense

Popularity rank by frequency of use

Tense#10000#16043#100000

Translations for Tense

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Tense »

Translation

Find a translation for the Tense definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these Tense definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "Tense." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 25 Jan. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Tense>.

    Are we missing a good definition for Tense? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    not established or confirmed
    • A. omnifarious
    • B. arbitrary
    • C. aculeate
    • D. unsealed

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Tense:


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.