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1. tension

noun. ['ˈtɛnʃən'] (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense.

Synonyms

  • tenseness
  • breaking point
  • strain
  • yips
  • nervous strain
  • mental strain

Antonyms

  • disorderliness
  • order
  • comfort
  • orderliness

Etymology

  • tension (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • tensionem (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Tension

  • misapprehension
  • comprehension
  • condescension
  • reinvention
  • apprehension
  • suspension
  • prevention
  • convention
  • contention
  • retention
  • laurentian
  • invention
  • dissension
  • dimension
  • detention
  • attention
  • ascension
  • pension
  • mention
  • henschen
  • gentian

Example sentences of the word tension


1. Noun, singular or mass
Draw the thread down between the tension discs on the front face of the machine.

2. Verb, base form
Rotate the tensioner counterclockwise allowing it to tension the new belt as you go.

Quotes containing the word tension


1. The tension between 'yes' and 'no', between 'I can' and 'I cannot', makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.
- Anatole Broyard

2. Humor helps ease the tension of race and the differences in society. If there wasn't comedy I don't know if Obama could have ever become president.
- Marlon Wayans

3. Good planning is important. I've also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you're in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you're depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.
- Edmund Hillary

2. low-tension

adjective. subjected to or capable of operating under relative low voltage.

Antonyms

  • high-voltage

3. high-tension

adjective. subjected to or capable of operating under relatively high voltage.

Synonyms

  • high-potential

Antonyms

  • undynamic
  • low-voltage

4. tension

noun. ['ˈtɛnʃən'] the physical condition of being stretched or strained.

Synonyms

  • condition
  • tone
  • tonus
  • tonicity
  • tautness
  • tensity
  • status

Antonyms

  • tonicity
  • soundness
  • dryness
  • decline

Etymology

  • tension (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • tensionem (Latin)

5. tension

noun. ['ˈtɛnʃən'] a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature).

Antonyms

  • impurity

Etymology

  • tension (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • tensionem (Latin)

6. tension

noun. ['ˈtɛnʃən'] (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body.

Antonyms

  • unsoundness

Etymology

  • tension (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • tensionem (Latin)

7. tension

noun. ['ˈtɛnʃən'] the action of stretching something tight.

Antonyms

  • fullness

Etymology

  • tension (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • tensionem (Latin)

8. tension

noun. ['ˈtɛnʃən'] feelings of hostility that are not manifest.

Synonyms

  • enmity
  • antagonism
  • hostility

Antonyms

  • astigmatism
  • safety
  • improvement
  • stigmatism

Etymology

  • tension (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
  • tensionem (Latin)
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