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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tension the action of stretching something tight "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
    • n tension (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"
    • n tension feelings of hostility that are not manifest "he could sense her latent hostility to him","the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
    • n tension 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"
    • n tension (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension","stress is a vasoconstrictor"
    • n tension the physical condition of being stretched or strained "it places great tension on the leg muscles","he could feel the tenseness of her body"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Any free-moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of it's surface tension.
    • Tension A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness.
    • Tension (Physics) 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.
    • Tension Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.
    • Tension 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.
    • Tension 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.
    • Tension (Mech) 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.
    • Tension (Elec) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The concept of a countdown before a rocket launch originated as a tension-building device in the 1929 movie "The Woman on the Moon".
    • n tension In phytogeography, same as tension-line.
    • n tension The act of stretching, straining, or making tense; the state of being stretched or strained to stiffness; the condition of being bent or strained.
    • n tension In mech., stress, or the force by which a bar, rod, string, or the like is pulled when forming part of any system in equilibrium or in motion.
    • n tension In physics. a constrained condition of the particles of bodies, arising from the action of antagonistic forces, in which they tend to return to their former condition; elastic force. Tension may be present in a solid body, and also in a liquid in the case of surface-tension (which see), but not in a gas. What is commonly called the tension of a gas is properly its pressure simply—due. according to the kinetic theory of gases (see gas, 1). to the innumerable impacts of the moving molecules against the confining surface; good writers avoid the use of tension in this sense.
    • n tension In statical elect., the mechanical stress across a dielectric, due to accumulated charges, as in a condenser; hence, the same as surface-density (the amount of electricity at any point of the surface of a charged conductor); more commonly used, in dynamical electricity, to mean about the same as difference of potential: thus, a current of high tension is popularly a current of high electromotive force. A body is said to have a high-tension charge, or a charge of high-tension electricity, and a conductor to carry a high-tension current, when the stress in the medium surrounding the body or the conductor is high. In magnetism, an electromagnet surrounded by a coil of many turns and high electrical resistance was called by Henry a tension magnet.
    • n tension Mental strain, stretch, or application; strong or severe intellectual effort; strong excitement of feeling; great activity or strain of the emotions or the will.
    • n tension A strained state of any kind: as, political tension; social tension.
    • n tension An attachment to a sewing-machine for regulating the strain of the thread. It is made in a variety of forms, the aim being in all cases to put a pressure on the thread to prevent it from running from the spool too freely, and to adjust the strain on the thread to the thickness of the cloth.
    • tension To make tense; give the right degree of tension to; draw out; strain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Tension act of stretching: state of being stretched or strained: strain: effort: strain in the direction of the length, or the degree of it: mental strain, excited feeling: a strained state of any kind
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  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.”
  • James G. Bilkey
    James G. Bilkey
    “You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “Golf is a fine relief from the tensions of office, but we are a little tired of holding the bag.”
  • Gay Hendricks
    Gay Hendricks
    “As we free our breath (through diaphragmatic breathing) we relax our emotions and let go our body tensions.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.”
  • Byron Nelson
    Byron Nelson
    “One way to break up any kind of tension is good deep breathing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to stretch: cf. F. tension,. See Tense (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tensus, pa.p. of tendĕre, to stretch.


In literature:

Such tension could not last.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
In her usual work Kate found an outlet for the nervous tension under which she was still laboring.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
Confidence in Madeira went to high pitch, a supreme tension that a touch might snap.
"Sally of Missouri" by R. E. Young
At that moment the appearance of Flora could not but bring the tension to the breaking point.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The indolent look crept into her eyes once more; the tension of her lips relaxed.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
And then the tension suddenly broke.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Tension relaxed and the bystanders began talking in something above a whisper.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Some mighty tension had given way.
"Curious, if True" by Elizabeth Gaskell
It was a sort of high-tension vigilance.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Henry felt the great tension relax.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler

In poetry:

List we softly to the music
As its volumes gently roll,
Varied in their intonation
By the tension of the soul.
"Heartstrings" by Jared Barhite
All the soul in rapt suspension,
All the quivering, palpitating
Chords of life in utmost tension,
With the fervor of invention,
With the rapture of creating!
"Prometheus, Or, The Poet's Forethought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Twas dreamed by some the deluge would ensue,
So trembling was the tension long constrained;
A spirit of faith was in the chosen few,
That steps to the millennium had been gained.
"Il Y A Cent Ans" by George Meredith
Why not? Well, there faced she and I -
Two strangers who'd kissed, or near,
Chancewise. To see stand weeping by
A woman once embraced, will try
The tension of a man the most austere.
"The Contretemps" by Thomas Hardy
The child is safe within the Father's mansion
Safe on the hills of God in light to range,
And heart ties stretched unto their utmost tension,
Will, by God's touch, to golden harp strings change
"Comfort Ye, Comfort Ye My People" by Nora Pembroke
Beneath it all, the desire for oblivion runs:
Despite the artful tensions of the calendar,
The life insurance, the tabled fertility rites,
The costly aversion of the eyes away from death -
Beneath it all, the desire for oblivion runs.
"Wants" by Philip Larkin

In news:

There's a chronic tension this time of year.
The tension was in the air on the night of Saturday, March 26 at the Ruins at the Colosseum in downtown Providence.
Obama and Russia Leaders Come to Terms on Several Points of Tension.
Berlusconi Fires Back at Germany, France as Political Tensions Mount.
Tension between Twitter and its developer community, San Francisco's tech community seeks new office space and AT&T caps data hogs.
In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then.
' Hurling Tension Into The Universe'.
Fenty's decision to release the tickets might ease tensions with the DC Council.
As the world celebrated the Beijing Olympics and witnessed the rise of China as a world economic power, the US economy continued to falter and not even Michael Phelps's eighth gold medal could ease the financial tensions at home.
Tension is growing between the Muslim community and the FBI after an informant, Craig Monteilh, infiltrated a mosque, only a month after a local FBI leader visited the mosque and said the agency would do no such thing.
Blasphemy Arrest Highlights Tensions in Pakistan.
Tension high after Jihad leader slain.
Eastern Europe has had fewer tensions over Muslim immigration than western Europe, but that could change.
5 weird examples of tensions over the Japanese/Chinese islands.
With tensions between Russia and Ukraine unresolved, President Boris N Yeltsin promised today to visit Ukraine no later than early June, the Interfax news agency said.

In science:

The parameter T is called tension and it is a direct generalization of the concept of mass to p-branes.
A note on topological brane theories
The theory has vanishingly small string coupling, gs ∼ ǫ string tension in the limit ǫ → 0.
U-duality Between NCOS Theory and Matrix Theory
The tension of the string is given by Ts = 1/2πα′ , where ls = √α′ is the fundamental string length.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Neuhaus, Simulation of an ensemble with varying magnetic field: a numerical determination of the order - order interface tension in the D=2 Ising model, Phys.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
V = ker ϕ∗ , B V is the second fundamental form of V , connection of (N , h) and τ (ϕ) is the tension field of ϕ .
Harmonic morphisms with one-dimensional fibres on Einstein manifolds