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  • taut or rigid; stretched tight
    • tense piano strings
  • pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
  • in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
  • a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  • cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
    • he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up
  • become tense, nervous, or uneasy
    • He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room
  • increase the tension on
    • alternately relax and tense your calf muscle
    • tense the rope manually before tensing the spring
  • become stretched or tense or taut
    • the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed
    • the rope strained when the weight was attached
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