tension

noun
1 inability to relax
ADJECTIVE
inner
emotional, nervous, sexual

He suffers from nervous tension.

muscle, muscular
premenstrual
VERB + TENSION
feel, suffer from

I feel some tension in my shoulders.

sense

As soon as he entered, he sensed a tension in the air.

cause, create
relieve
release
TENSION + NOUN
headache
PREPOSITION
tension in

The hot bath eased the tension in his body.

PHRASES
a release of tension

Laughter can be a great release of tension.

a sign of tension

Horses are very sensitive to signs of tension in humans.

2 bad feeling between people, countries, etc.
ADJECTIVE
considerable, great, high

More police have been sent to areas of high political tension.

palpable, real
slight
escalating, growing, heightened, increased, increasing, mounting, rising
constant, continuous
continuing, ongoing
unresolved
renewed
fundamental, inherent, underlying
ethnic, political, racial, religious, social
communal, family, internal, international, national, regional
creative, dynamic

the creative tension between democracy and business interests

VERB + TENSION
cause, create, generate
defuse, ease, reduce, release, resolve

She often used humour/humor to defuse tension in meetings.

exacerbate, heighten
TENSION + VERB
build up, grow, increase, mount, rise
ease
arise

In the early 1960's, new tensions arose between the United States and the USSR.

exist
run high

Racial tensions in the town were running high.

PREPOSITION
tension among

The tension among the audience was palpable.

tension between

tension between local youths and the police

tension in, tension within

The job losses caused greater tensions within the company.

tension over

There has been increased tension over the border incident.

tension with

renewed tension with France

PHRASES
a source of tension

Money was always a source of tension between her parents.

3 of rope, wire, etc.
ADJECTIVE
string
VERB + TENSION
adjust

This old racket needs its string tension adjusted.

release
PREPOSITION
in tension

The metal is weak in tension.

under tension

Stay clear of cables which are under tension.

tension on

The sudden tension on the line told me I had hooked a fish.

4 feeling of excitement in a film/movie, etc.
ADJECTIVE
dramatic

The movie lacks dramatic tension.

VERB + TENSION
build, heighten, increase

the use of editing to heighten the tension

keep, keep up, maintain
break
TENSION + VERB
build, grow, mount

Tension builds around the mystery of what will happen to Freddie.


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  • tension — [ tɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1490; lat. tensio I ♦ (Concret) 1 ♦ Physiol. État d un tissu, d un organe distendu. Résistance opposée par une paroi organique aux liquides, aux gaz contenus dans la cavité qu elle limite. Tension de la paroi abdominale. 2 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tension — Ten sion, n. [L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to stretch: cf. F. tension. See {Tense}, a.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tension — may refer to:In science: *Tension (physics), a force related to the stretching of an object (the opposite of compression) *High tension, in electrical power transmission, wires which carry high voltages *Stress (medicine), also referred to as… …   Wikipedia

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  • tension — Tension. s. f. v. Estat de ce qui est tendu. Tension de nerfs. cette fluxion luy causoit une grande tension à la peau. Il se prend aussi fig. pour Grande application d esprit. Il s est épuisé par une trop grande tension d esprit. dans ce travail… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • tensión — f. fisiol. Resistencia que ofrecen las paredes de aquellas cavidades orgánicas que contienen un líquido o un gas en su interior, como el sistema circulatorio y la sangre, o el ojo y el humor vítreo. Medical Dictionary. 2011. tensión …   Diccionario médico

  • tension — 1530s, a stretched condition, from M.Fr. tension, from L. tensionem (nom. tensio) a stretching (in M.L. a struggle, contest ), from tensus, pp. of tendere to stretch, from PIE root *ten stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). The sense of nervou …   Etymology dictionary

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  • tension — [ten′shən] n. [< MFr or L: MFr < L tensio < tensus: see TENSE1] 1. a tensing or being tensed 2. mental or nervous strain, often accompanied by muscular tautness 3. a state of strained relations; uneasiness due to mutual hostility 4. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Tension — (lat./engl.: Spannung) bezeichnet in der physikalischen Chemie Druck, Spannung, siehe Druck (Physik) die Spannung einer Saite alternativ zur Saitenstärke in der Jazzharmonik einen Spannungston, der zu einem Akkord hinzugenommen wird: Tension… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • tension — [n1] tightness astriction, balance, constriction, force, pressure, rigidity, stiffness, strain, straining, stress, stretching, tautness, tenseness, tensity; concepts 723,726 Ant. limpness, looseness, relaxation, slack tension [n2] mental stress… …   New thesaurus

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