Meaning of TENSION in English

TENSION

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).

--v.tr. subject to tension.

Derivatives:

tensional adj. tensionally adv. tensionless adj.

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

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.