What does tense mean?

Definitions for tense
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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?

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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. Novak Djokovic:

    I don't mind cruising along, to be honest, i have plenty of experience, I think, dealing with situations where you're facing break points or where it's tense.

  2. Gregory Philipps:

    The situation in Paris is very tense, people, they don't want to go out.

  3. Saab Chief Executive Hakan Buskhe:

    I believe that due to the rather tense situation in many areas we will see a big increase in spending in Europe, that will lead to a new situation, a new normal.

  4. Keshav Shah:

    Six protesters and a police officer have lost their lives and 18 people are critically injured, schools, business and private offices will not open today. The mood is tense and no one should venture out.

  5. Prime Minister Tamam Salam:

    We hope to have closed this chapter of an affair in the shadow of disruptions the country has endured and in the context of a tense political situation.

Images & Illustrations of tense

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