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#1 posted 08-17-2012 01:05 AM

World English Dictionary
tension (ˈtɛnʃən)

— n
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
5. physics 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]

Force (a part of one’s body or oneself) to make a strenuous or unusually great effort.
A force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree.
A breed, stock, or variety of an animal or plant developed by breeding.
verb. stretch – filter – tighten – tense
noun. stress – tension – race

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