Meaning of TENSION in English


n. & v.

n. 1 the act or an instance of stretching; the state of being stretched; tenseness. 2 mental strain or excitement. 3 a strained (political, social, etc.) state or relationship. 4 Mech. the stress by which a bar, cord, etc. is pulled when it is part of a system in equilibrium or motion. 5 electromagnetic force (high tension; low tension). subject to tension. tensional adj. tensionally adv. tensionless adj.

[ F tension or L tensio (as TEND(1)) ]

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