What does tension mean?

Definitions for tension
ˈtɛn ʃənten·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tension, tenseness, stressnoun

    (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

    "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

  2. tension, tensity, tenseness, tautnessnoun

    the physical condition of being stretched or strained

    "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

  3. tensionnoun

    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"

  4. tensionnoun

    (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"

  5. latent hostility, tensionnoun

    feelings of hostility that are not manifest

    "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"

  6. tensionnoun

    the action of stretching something tight

    "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

Wiktionary

  1. tensionnoun

    Psychological state of being tense.

    Etymology: From tension.

  2. tensionnoun

    Condition of being held in a state between two or more forces, which are acting in opposition to each other

    Etymology: From tension.

  3. tensionnoun

    State of an elastic object which is stretched in a way which increases its length.

    Etymology: From tension.

  4. tensionnoun

    Force transmitted through a rope, string, cable, or similar object (used with prepositions on, in, or of, e.g., "The tension in the cable is 1000 N", to convey that the same magnitude of force applies to objects attached to both ends).

    Etymology: From tension.

  5. tensionnoun

    Voltage. Usually only the terms low tension, high tension, and extra-high tension, and the abbreviations LT, HT, and EHT are used. They are not precisely defined; LT is normally a few volts, HT a few hundreds of volts, and EHT thousands of volts.

    Etymology: From tension.

  6. tensionverb

    To place an object in tension, to pull or place strain on.

    We tensioned the cable until it snapped.

    Etymology: From tension.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tensionadjective

    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. Tensionadjective

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

  3. Tensionadjective

    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

  4. Tensionadjective

    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 weight

  5. Tensionadjective

    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. Tensionadjective

    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. Tensionadjective

    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

Freebase

  1. Tension

    In physics, tension is the pulling force exerted by a string, cable, chain, or similar solid object on another object. It results from the net electrostatic attraction between the particles in a solid when it is deformed so that the particles are further apart from each other than when at equilibrium, where this force is balanced by repulsion due to electron shells; as such, it is the pull exerted by a solid trying to restore its original, more compressed shape. Tension is the opposite of compression. Slackening is the reduction of tension. As tension is the magnitude of a force, it is measured in newtons and is always measured parallel to the string on which it applies. There are two basic possibilities for systems of objects held by strings: Either acceleration is zero and the system is therefore in equilibrium, or there is acceleration and therefore a net force is present. Note that a string is assumed to have negligible mass.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Tension

    Electro-motive force or potential difference in a current system is often thus termed. It is to be distinguished from intensity or current strength, which word it too greatly resembles.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tension' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3003

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tension' in Nouns Frequency: #1061

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tension in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of tension in a Sentence

  1. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls:

    We need to mobilize a new dynamic to preserve the two-state solution, we have to reduce tension on the ground and restart a credible dialogue.

  2. Fayez Mansour:

    In the day-to-day life, there is no open tension, many Arabs and Jews are neighbors. They invite each other to weddings and other occasions.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The best lesson to lessen stress and strain in own life is keep people mostly away from networking as they are often and mainly increasing tension through senseless talking and worthless hobnobbing.

  4. United States:

    Sometimes you might have people who like to create tension, be combative, go to war to divert attention.

  5. Lindred Greer:

    To create a safe conversation, you need a change of scenery, go out for a walk or coffee and be genuinely curious and engage in active listening and ask how they feel about work and what's going on in life to find the source of tension.

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. transparent
    • B. hatched
    • C. handsome
    • D. tight

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