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What does "Tense" mean?

Definition

(a.) Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber (n.) One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time


Synonyms strain, tight, taut, nervous, electric, edgy, restive, drawn, strained, wired, jittery, uptight, isotonic, nervy, wound up, aroused, jumpy, high-strung, constricted, overstrung, suspenseful, suspensive, tense up, cliff-hanging, unrelaxed


Example: "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room" Example: "Tense a rope" Example: "Tense piano strings"


Word Family tensed, tensely, tenseness, tenser, tenses, tensest, tensing, tension, tensions