[ten-shuh n] /ˈtɛn ʃən/
the act of stretching or straining.
the state of being stretched or strained.
mental or emotional strain; intense, suppressed suspense, anxiety, or excitement.
a strained relationship between individuals, groups, nations, etc.
(not in current use) pressure, especially of a vapor.
Electricity. electromotive force; potential.
Machinery. a device for stretching or pulling something.
a device to hold the proper tension on the material being woven in a loom.
verb (used with object)
to subject (a cable, belt, tendon, or the like) to tension, especially for a specific purpose.
the act of stretching or the state or degree of being stretched
mental or emotional strain; stress
a situation or condition of hostility, suspense, or uneasiness
(physics) a force that tends to produce an elongation of a body or structure
a device for regulating the tension in a part, string, thread, etc, as in a sewing machine
(knitting) the degree of tightness or looseness with which a person knits
1530s, “a stretched condition,” from Middle French tension, from Latin tensionem (nominative tensio) “a stretching” (in Medieval Latin “a struggle, contest”), noun of state from tensus, past participle of tendere “to stretch,” from PIE root *ten- “stretch” (see tenet). The sense of “nervous strain” is first recorded 1763. The meaning “electromotive force” (in high-tension wires) is recorded from 1802.
tension ten·sion (těn’shən)
[oh-ver-th ee-air] /ˈoʊ vər ðiˈɛər/ adjective, Radio and Television. 1. of or relating to any means of broadcast transmission.
- Over the edge
Insane, as in I think he’s gone over the edge. This expression alludes to the edge of sanity. [ 1920s ]
- Over the long haul
adverb phrase For a long while; for a period of difficulty and strain: The slump in sales of women’s apparel is here for the long haul [1930s+; the long haul, ”a transcontinental run,” is found in bus drivers’ talk by 1938] Related Terms for the long haul
[top] /tɒp/ noun 1. the highest or loftiest point or part of anything; apex; summit. Synonyms: zenith, acme, peak, pinnacle, vertex. Antonyms: bottom, base, foot, lowest point. 2. the uppermost or upper part, surface, etc., of anything. 3. the higher end of anything on a slope. 4. British. 5. tops. 6. the part of anything […]