Definition of TENSION

noun : TENSION

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor" ;

  • 3. (

    ) 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" ;

  • 4. (

    ) (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" ;

  • 5. (

    ) feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions" ;

  • 6. (

    ) the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys" ;

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