|1.||the act of stretching or the state or degree of being stretched|
|2.||mental or emotional strain; stress|
|3.||a situation or condition of hostility, suspense, or uneasiness|
|4.||physics a force that tends to produce an elongation of a body or structure|
|a. voltage, electromotive force, or potential difference|
|b. (in combination): high-tension; low-tension|
|6.||a device for regulating the tension in a part, string, thread, etc, as in a sewing machine|
|7.||knitting the degree of tightness or looseness with which a person knits|
|[C16: from Latin tensiō, from tendere to strain]|
tension ten·sion (těn'shən)
The act or process of stretching something tight.
The condition of so being stretched.
A force tending to stretch or elongate something.
The partial pressure of a gas, especially dissolved in a liquid such as blood.
Mental, emotional, or nervous strain.
Barely controlled hostility or a strained relationship between people or groups.
|tension (těn'shən) Pronunciation Key