He is tensely and formally dressed on all occasions, with an encyclopedic memory of beer labels.
"Why, I'd start at the very bottom; I'd work like anything, to succeed," she said tensely.
And Jim gazed back at Dennis as breathlessly and as tensely.
"If there was a single thing I could do," she said from her heart, "I would do it at any cost—" Her voice questioned him tensely.
“You are only bringing pain upon yourself,” she said tensely.
"Forgive my dwelling so tensely on the bill-of-fare," he said, when the waiter had gone.
Trembling with excitement and fear I tensely waited the coming of the visitor.
To humans, the tensely waiting woman would have seemed to be standing there in the moonlight, alone.
On the evening I dropped in to see him, he was tensely nervous.
He kept trying at this, with a mind so tensely bent to the mere horror that he could not for a moment strain away from it.
"stretched tight," 1660s, from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "in a state of nervous tension" is first recorded 1821.
"form of a verb showing time of an action or state," early 14c., tens "time," also "tense of a verb" (late 14c.), from Old French tens "time" (11c.), from Latin tempus (see temporal).
"to make tense," 1670s, from tense (adj.); intransitive sense of "to become tense" (often tense up) is recorded from 1946. Related: Tensed; tensing.
An inflectional (see inflection) form of verbs; it expresses the time at which the action described by the verb takes place. The major tenses are past, present, and future. The verb in “I sing” is in the present tense; in “I sang,” past tense; in “I will sing,” future tense. Other tenses are the present perfect (“I have sung”), the past perfect (“I had sung”), and the future perfect (“I will have sung”).