- the longitudinal deformation of an elastic body that results in its elongation.
- the force producing such deformation.
verb (used with object)
- tensile stress,
- tension cavity,
- tension curve,
- tension headache,
- tension suture,
Origin of tension
Examples from the Web for tension
Yes, cops are under stress and tension (though their jobs are far less dangerous than normally supposed).
“This tension was not well received at the Vatican,” according to Tosatti.Is The Pope Unprotected Now That He’s Fired the Head of the Swiss Guards?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That's a step forward from the tension of the past two years.
Really, sortition strikes at the tension at the heart of elective representative democracy.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?|Michael Schulson|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For instance, when a couple is having trouble, the tension and hostility can bleed into BDSM scenes.Coming Out Kinky to Your Doctor, in Black and Blue|Heather Boerner|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Various things can influence the coming on of this degree of tension in the stomach, and so the possibility of hunger.Physiology|Ernest G. Martin
The old face relaxed from its tension, and a gleam of happiness was in the life of it.When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
The tension of approaching combat suddenly blended with the memory, welling up into a rush of tenderness and affection.Slingshot|Irving W. Lande
The tension on her nerves had given way, and she had instantly fainted.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
The greater the tension, the better is the sound transmitted.The Telephone|A. E. Dolbear
- voltage, electromotive force, or potential difference
- (in combination)high-tension; low-tension
Word Origin for tension
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.