- the longitudinal deformation of an elastic body that results in its elongation.
- the force producing such deformation.
verb (used with object)
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OTHER WORDS FROM tensionten·sion·al, adjectiveten·sion·less, adjectiveo·ver·ten·sion, nounsu·per·ten·sion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for tension
Modern keyboards are ergonomic, so they ease tension and make typing a smoother and more satisfying experience.
Local officials had feared the president’s trip could further strain tensions in the city.
While the pandemic dominated Friday’s press conference, Merkel is also battling geopolitical tensions.‘Things will become more difficult:’ Merkel tries to sell debt-averse Germany on her ambitious COVID spending plan|Bernhard Warner|August 28, 2020|Fortune
Most organizations are like stretched rubber bands, snapping back immediately back to normal once the tension is gone.COVID-19 has spurred rapid transformation in health care. Let’s make sure it stays that way|jakemeth|August 20, 2020|Fortune
Rising tensions between the United States and China, meanwhile, threatens trade between the world’s two largest economies.S&P 500 hits a new record, erasing last of pandemic losses|Verne Kopytoff|August 18, 2020|Fortune
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
British Dictionary definitions for tension
- voltage, electromotive force, or potential difference
- (in combination)high-tension; low-tension