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Meaning of tension

ten•sion

Pronunciation: (ten'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of stretching or straining.
  2. the state of being stretched or strained.
  3. mental or emotional strain; intense, suppressed suspense, anxiety, or excitement.
  4. a strained relationship between individuals, groups, nations, etc.
  5. (not in current use) pressure, esp. of a vapor.
    1. the longitudinal deformation of an elastic body that results in its elongation.
    2. the force producing such deformation.
  6. electromotive force; potential.
  7. a device for stretching or pulling something.
  8. a device to hold the proper tension on the material being woven in a loom.
—v.t.
  1. to subject (a cable, belt, tendon, or the like) to tension, esp. for a specific purpose.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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