- the longitudinal deformation of an elastic body that results in its elongation.
- the force producing such deformation.
verb (used with object)
Origin of tension
Related Words for tensionpressure, stress, strain, nervousness, anxiety, apprehension, hostility, unease, discomfort, jitters, suspense, worry, concern, force, rigidity, stiffness, balance, constriction, tautness, straining
Examples from the Web for tension
Contemporary Examples of tension
Yes, cops are under stress and tension (though their jobs are far less dangerous than normally supposed).We Need Our Police to Be Better Than This
December 31, 2014
“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
That's a step forward from the tension of the past two years.Beijing’s ‘Star Trek’ APEC Summit
November 11, 2014
Really, sortition strikes at the tension at the heart of elective representative democracy.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
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
October 25, 2014
Historical Examples of tension
The great bow creaked and groaned and the cord vibrated with the tension.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Dick, too, had felt the tension of an emotion far beyond that of the usual things.
It seemed to relieve the tension drawn by the other woman's torment.
There was some tension of mind or muscle that kept sleep far from him.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Whether this tension was felt by the Honourable George, I had no means of knowing.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- 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.