tension

[ ten-shuh n ]
/ ˈtɛn ʃən /

noun

verb (used with object)

to subject (a cable, belt, tendon, or the like) to tension, especially for a specific purpose.

Nearby words

  1. tensile stress,
  2. tensilely,
  3. tensility,
  4. tensimeter,
  5. tensiometer,
  6. tension cavity,
  7. tension curve,
  8. tension headache,
  9. tension suture,
  10. tensity

Origin of tension

1525–35; < Latin tēnsiōn- (stem of tēnsiō) a stretching. See tense1, -ion

Related formsten·sion·al, adjectiveten·sion·less, adjectiveo·ver·ten·sion, nounsu·per·ten·sion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for super-tension

tension

/ (ˈtɛnʃən) /

noun

Derived Formstensional, adjectivetensionless, adjective

Word Origin for tension

C16: from Latin tensiō, from tendere to strain

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Word Origin and History for super-tension

tension

n.

1530s, "a stretched condition," from Middle French tension, from Latin tensionem (nominative tensio) "a stretching" (in Medieval Latin "a struggle, contest"), noun of state from tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "stretch" (see tenet). The sense of "nervous strain" is first recorded 1763. The meaning "electromotive force" (in high-tension wires) is recorded from 1802.

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Medicine definitions for super-tension

tension

[ tĕnshən ]

n.

The act or process of stretching something tight.
The condition of so being stretched.
A force tending to stretch or elongate something.
The partial pressure of a gas, especially dissolved in a liquid such as blood.
Mental, emotional, or nervous strain.
Barely controlled hostility or a strained relationship between people or groups.

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Science definitions for super-tension

tension

[ tĕnshən ]

A force that tends to stretch or elongate something.
An electrical potential (voltage), especially as measured in electrical components such as transformers or power lines involved in the transmission of electrical power.
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