When the crowd surged forward to bid on some choice item, the tenseness and excitement of the group would grip Jim too.
He could feel the tenseness build up again in the compartment.
There was a tenseness about her manner, a restraint in her tone, which seemed to speak of some emotional crisis.
Lingard, relaxing the tenseness of his stare, looked at the young man, thoughtfully.
There was a tenseness in the air which made men's skin tingle.
She sought ease from the tenseness of the moment in sorting the roses.
Their tenseness made the oldest trick in the world serve Lockley's purpose.
All turned, and what they saw in nowise relieved the tenseness of the situation.
Green is only a certain rapidity of vibration, hardness a degree of tenseness in cohering.
There was a tenseness, however, in her attitude which indicated that sleep was far from her.
"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”).