Through the swiftest, tensest week in history Europe capsized into war.
It was the hour in which the boy's sense of overbrooding awe had always been tensest.
Ethel relaxed a little and the tensest lines smoothed out of her face.
Until this was reached Wyvern underwent the tensest of its torments.
If he had come across it in a play, he would have watched it with the tensest diligence.
She had followed him with tensest interest, and indignation's flame in cheek and eye had grown higher and higher.
The men of Lyon's little army lay down on their grassy bivouac with feelings of tensest expectation.
And then, when things were at their tensest, Ralph Drew came and tuned the discordant notes into sweet harmony.
While occupied in her tensest study hours, down in her subconsciousness lay a memory that stirred like a thing having life.
In moments of tensest feeling great speakers skilfully move from any one position or attitude to another as Patrick Henry did.
"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”).