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tension

[ ten-shuhn ]
/ ˈtɛn ʃən /
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noun
verb (used with object)
to subject (a cable, belt, tendon, or the like) to tension, especially for a specific purpose.
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Origin of tension

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

OTHER WORDS FROM tension

ten·sion·al, adjectiveten·sion·less, adjectiveo·ver·ten·sion, nounsu·per·ten·sion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tension

tension
/ (ˈtɛnʃən) /

noun

Derived forms of tension

tensional, adjectivetensionless, adjective

Word Origin for tension

C16: from Latin tensiō, from tendere to strain
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Medical definitions for 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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Scientific definitions for 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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