[hahy-ten-shuh n]

Origin of high-tension

First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for high-tension

Historical Examples of high-tension

  • 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 (goodger@python.org)

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for high-tension


  1. (modifier) subjected to, carrying, or capable of operating at a relatively high voltagea high-tension wire Abbreviation: HT
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high-tension in Science


  1. 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.
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