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[hahy-ten-shuh n] /ˈhaɪˈtɛn ʃən/
adjective, Electricity.
subjected to or capable of operating under relatively high voltage:
high-tension wire.
Origin of high-tension
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for high-tension
Historical Examples
  • Ray five-eight was high-tension, high-frequency alternating current.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • I dove low at the ground, flew under some high-tension wires.

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
  • Then they were paralyzed, like they had hold of a high-tension line.

    Operation Terror William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Now that we are able to transmit power cheaply by high-tension currents, it is easy to see what this means.

  • This outer coil is termed the "secondary" winding and is the one from which the high-tension, or transformed, current is taken.

    The Gasoline Motor

    Harold Whiting Slauson
  • The moving parts of the magneto need never be disturbed if the high-tension winding is to be removed.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • The high-tension terminal brush on the side of the magneto should also be carefully inspected for proper tension.

    Aviation Engines

    Victor Wilfred Pag
  • I was enormously glad to have this man's expert, high-tension knowledge right on tap.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • In the dark he did not see a high-tension electric cable that was stretched just above the tree tops.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • All the wires in the cable are endangered if the cross be with a wire of the primary circuit of a high-tension transmission line.

British Dictionary definitions for high-tension


(modifier) subjected to, carrying, or capable of operating at a relatively high voltage: a high-tension wire, HT
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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high-tension in Science
Having a high voltage, or designed to work at or sustain high voltages. High-tension wires used to carry electrical power over long distances sustain voltages over 200,000 volts. Compare low-tension.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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