When the crowd surged forward to bid on some choice item, the tenseness and excitement of the group would grip Jim too.
He put it to his ear to try its tenseness as a minstrel tunes his harp.
There was a tenseness about her manner, a restraint in her tone, which seemed to speak of some emotional crisis.
The tenseness of the appeal was broken by the sharp ringing of the telephone bell.
There was a tenseness in the air which made men's skin tingle.
There was a tenseness in Hurstwood's voice and manner which could but have some effect.
Their tenseness made the oldest trick in the world serve Lockley's purpose.
He could feel the tenseness build up again in the compartment.
Green is only a certain rapidity of vibration, hardness a degree of tenseness in cohering.
Lingard, relaxing the tenseness of his stare, looked at the young man, thoughtfully.
"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”).