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tension as in (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
  • "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"
  • "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

Synonyms

  • tenseness the physical condition of being stretched or strained; (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
  • stress to stress, single out as important; put stress on; test the limits of; the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; special emphasis attached to something; difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension; (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body
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tension as in the physical condition of being stretched or strained
  • "it places great tension on the leg muscles"
  • "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

Synonyms

  • tensity the physical condition of being stretched or strained
  • tenseness the physical condition of being stretched or strained; (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
  • tautness the physical condition of being stretched or strained; lack of movement or room for movement
tension as in a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
  • "there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time"
  • "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history"
tension as in (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body
  • "the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear"
tension as in feelings of hostility that are not manifest
  • "he could sense her latent hostility to him"
  • "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"

Synonyms

  • latent hostility feelings of hostility that are not manifest
tension as in the action of stretching something tight
  • "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

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