1. [ noun ] feelings of hostility that are not manifest
Synonyms: latent_hostility

"he could sense her latent hostility to him" "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"

Related terms: hostility
2. [ noun ] (pharmacology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
Synonyms: stress tenseness

"he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension" "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

Related terms: strain vasoconstrictor breaking_point yips psychology
3. [ noun ] the physical condition of being stretched or strained
Synonyms: tenseness tautness tensity

"it places great tension on the leg muscles" "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

Related terms: condition tonicity tense
4. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: balance literature art
5. [ noun ] (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"

Related terms: stress stress physics
6. [ noun ] the action of stretching something tight

"tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

Related terms: stretching strain
Similar spelling:   tensional