Meaning of TENSION in English


n. & v.


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.

Etymology: F tension or L tensio (as TEND(1))

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.