The emphasis is on fresh faces and tensed bodies and muscles, rather than come-to-bed eyes, pouting, and bulges down below.
Half a dozen times he tensed for combat, only to relax hopelessly.
He tensed, straining his ears for any movement that might locate the hidden foe.
Reverting to football tactics, he tensed his lean, hard body and plunged squarely at Shabako.
Bart tensed; he had wondered how he'd get hidden inside, but he asked, "Not locked?"
He drew himself out of the hole, and flexed and tensed his muscles until his physical vigor returned.
He tensed his muscles to leap at Garlock, to find that he could not move.
Again Corio blew on his silver horn, and a faint cry leaped from Vilma's tensed lips.
Delcamp asked, more than half jealously, and Belle tensed her muscles.
I tensed the muscles of my legs, and believed that, bound as I was, I might be able to leap forward and reach the woman.
"stretched tight," 1660s, from Latin tensus, past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "in a state of nervous tension" is first recorded 1821.
"form of a verb showing time of an action or state," early 14c., tens "time," also "tense of a verb" (late 14c.), from Old French tens "time" (11c.), from Latin tempus (see temporal).
"to make tense," 1670s, from tense (adj.); intransitive sense of "to become tense" (often tense up) is recorded from 1946. Related: Tensed; tensing.
An inflectional (see inflection) form of verbs; it expresses the time at which the action described by the verb takes place. The major tenses are past, present, and future. The verb in “I sing” is in the present tense; in “I sang,” past tense; in “I will sing,” future tense. Other tenses are the present perfect (“I have sung”), the past perfect (“I had sung”), and the future perfect (“I will have sung”).