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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 to the point of tightness; strain.
With an excessive amount of tension on the rope, it quickly snapped.
synonyms:
strain, stretching
antonyms:
relaxation
similar words:
extension, pull, tightness
definition 2: mental or emotional strain often resulting in physiological effects.
These arguments produce so much tension in him that he often gets headaches.The students' tension was apparent as they took their exams.
synonyms:
anxiety, strain, stress
antonyms:
relaxation
similar words:
apprehension, worry
definition 3: the strain created by disharmony in a relationship, as between people or nations.
Strong disagreement among the committee members resulted in great tension at the meeting.A border dispute brought about renewed tension between the two nations.My parents got along well, and there never seemed to be any tension between them.
synonyms:
conflict, discord, hostility
antonyms:
easiness, tranquility
similar words:
disagreement, disharmony
definition 4: electrical potential.
high-tension wires
synonyms:
potential, voltage
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derivations: tensional (adj.), tensionless (adj.)
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