|1.||[ noun ] feelings of hostility that are not manifest|
"he could sense her latent hostility to him" "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"
|2.||[ noun ] (pharmacology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense|
"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|