Definitions for tension
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tension, tenseness, stressnoun
(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
"he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"
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"
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"
(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"
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"
the action of stretching something tight
"tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
Psychological state of being tense.
Condition of being held in a state between two or more forces, which are acting in opposition to each other
State of an elastic object which is stretched in a way which increases its length.
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).
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.
To place an object in tension, to pull or place strain on.
We tensioned the cable until it snapped.
Etymology: From tension.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The act of stretching; not laxation; the state of being stretched; not laxity.
Etymology: tension, Fr. tensus, Lat.
It can have nothing of vocal sound, voice being raised by stiff tension of the larynx; and on the contrary, this sound by a relaxed posture of the muscles thereof. William Holder.
Still are the subtle strings in tension found,
Like those of lutes, to just proportion wound,
Which of the air’s vibration is the force. Richard Blackmore.
Tension refers to the force exerted on an object that can cause the object to stretch, deform, or be pulled in opposite directions. It is also used to describe a state of mental, emotional, or financial strain or pressure.
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
fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort
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
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
a device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness
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
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
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
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
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Rank popularity for the word 'tension' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3003
Rank popularity for the word 'tension' in Nouns Frequency: #1061
The numerical value of tension in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of tension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.
Conditions for creativity are to be puzzled to concentrate to accept conflict and tension to be born everyday to feel a sense of self.
I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye.
Like the old motto of a famous Sunday paper, 'All human life was there' in the stately circle of the Mountbatten-Windsors, as the family coped in semipublic with those everlasting elements of human interest-sickness, scandal, family tension and divorce.
Australia can't hide from this, it will need to respectfully protect its citizens, this detention marks the new normal in the bilateral tension, which will be constant low-level tension.
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Translations for tension
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- نوتر, فولتية, جهد, توترArabic
- jännite, jännitys, jännittääFinnish
- sàrachadhScottish Gaelic
- 緊張, 電圧, 不安, 張力Japanese
- spanning, gespannenDutch
- tensiune, încordareRomanian
- напряжённость, натянутость, натяжение, растяжение, напряжениеRussian
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