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  • the action of stretching something tight
    • tension holds the belt in the pulleys
  • feelings of hostility that are not manifest
    • he could sense her latent hostility to him
    • the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions
  • (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
  • 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
  • the physical condition of being stretched or strained
    • it places great tension on the leg muscles
    • he could feel the tenseness of her body
  • (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
    • he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension
    • stress is a vasoconstrictor
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