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TENSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tension mean? 

TENSION (noun)
  The noun TENSION has 6 senses:

1. feelings of hostility that are not manifest
2. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
3. the physical condition of being stretched or strained
4. a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
5. (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body
6. the action of stretching something tight

  Familiarity information: TENSION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TENSION (noun)


Sense 1tension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feelings of hostility that are not manifest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

latent hostility; tension

Context examples:

he could sense her latent hostility to him / the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions

Hypernyms ("tension" is a kind of...):

antagonism; enmity; hostility (a state of deep-seated ill-will)


Sense 2tension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

tension; tenseness; stress

Context examples:

he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension / stress is a vasoconstrictor

Hypernyms ("tension" is a kind of...):

mental strain; nervous strain; strain ((psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tension"):

yips (nervous tension that causes an athlete to fail (especially causes golfers to miss short putts))

breaking point ((psychology) stress at which a person breaks down or a situation becomes crucial)


Sense 3tension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The physical condition of being stretched or strained

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

tautness; tenseness; tensity; tension

Context examples:

it places great tension on the leg muscles / he could feel the tenseness of her body

Hypernyms ("tension" is a kind of...):

condition; status (a state at a particular time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tension"):

tone; tonicity; tonus (the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli)


Sense 4tension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time / there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history

Hypernyms ("tension" is a kind of...):

balance (a state of equilibrium)

Domain category:

literature (creative writing of recognized artistic value)

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)


Sense 5tension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Context example:

the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear

Hypernyms ("tension" is a kind of...):

stress ((physics) force that produces strain on a physical body)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)


Sense 6tension [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The action of stretching something tight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

tension holds the belt in the pulleys

Hypernyms ("tension" is a kind of...):

stretching (act of expanding by lengthening or widening)


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