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tension

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tension \Ten"sion\, noun [L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to stretch: cf. F. tension. See {Tense}, adjective]

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 muscles, tension of the larynx.

2. Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.

3. The degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, piece of timber, or the like, is strained by drawing it in the direction of its length; strain. --Gwilt.

4. (Mech.) The force by which a part is pulled when forming part of any system in equilibrium or in motion; as, the tension of a srting supporting a weight equals that weight.

5. A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness.

6. (Physics) Expansive force; the force with which the particles of a body, as a gas, tend to recede from each other and occupy a larger space; elastic force; elasticity; as, the tension of vapor; the tension of air.

7. (Elec.) The quality in consequence of which an electric charge tends to discharge itself, as into the air by a spark, or to pass from a body of greater to one of less electrical potential. It varies as the quantity of electricity upon a given area.

{Tension brace}, or {Tension member} (Engin.), a brace or member designed to resist tension, or subjected to tension, in a structure.

{Tension rod} (Engin.), an iron rod used as a tension member to strengthen timber or metal framework, roofs, or the like.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

tension

noun

1: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor" [syn: {tension}, {tenseness}, {stress}]

2: the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body" [syn: {tension}, {tensity}, {tenseness}, {tautness}]

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" [syn: {latent hostility}, {tension}]

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

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