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tense as in a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
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    tense as in in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
      tense as in pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
        tense as in taut or rigid
        • "stretched tight"
        • "tense piano strings"
        tense as in become stretched or tense or taut
        • "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed"
        • "the rope strained when the weight was attached"

        Synonyms

        • strain to exert much effort or energy; test the limits of; use to the utmost; separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; become stretched or tense or taut; remove by passing through a filter; rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; alter the shape of (something) by stress; (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces ; difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); the general meaning or substance of an utterance; an effortful attempt to attain a goal ; an intense or violent exertion ; the act of singing
        tense as in increase the tension on
        • "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"
        • "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"
        tense as in become tense, nervous, or uneasy
        • "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"

        Synonyms

        • tense up become tense, nervous, or uneasy; cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
        tense as in cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
        • "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

        Synonyms

        • strain to exert much effort or energy; test the limits of; use to the utmost; separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements; cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; become stretched or tense or taut; remove by passing through a filter; rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender; alter the shape of (something) by stress; (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces ; difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress; a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); the general meaning or substance of an utterance; an effortful attempt to attain a goal ; an intense or violent exertion ; the act of singing
        • tense up become tense, nervous, or uneasy; cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

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