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tension

ten·sion

tension

 
 
pronunciation:
ten shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of stretching or state of being stretched; strain.
Don't put too much tension on that rope or it will break.
synonyms:
strain, stretching
similar words:
extension, pull, tightness
definition 2: physical, mental, or emotional strain.
I could feel the tension in the exam room.Massage can help reduce muscle tension.
synonyms:
anxiety, strain, stress
similar words:
apprehension, worry
derivations: tensional (adj.), tensionless (adj.)
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