adjective, tenser, tensest.
stretched tight, as a cord, fiber, etc.; drawn taut; rigid.
in a state of mental or nervous strain; high-strung; taut:
a tense person.
characterized by a strain upon the nerves or feelings:
a tense moment.
Phonetics. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles; narrow.
Compare lax (def 7).
verb (used with or without object), tensed, tensing.
to make or become tense.
a category of verbal inflection that serves chiefly to specify the time of the action or state expressed by the verb.
a set of such categories or constructions in a particular language.
the time, as past, present, or future, expressed by such a category.
such categories or constructions, or their meanings collectively.
stretched or stressed tightly; taut or rigid
under mental or emotional strain
producing mental or emotional strain: a tense day
(of a speech sound) pronounced with considerable muscular effort and having relatively precise accuracy of articulation and considerable duration: in English the vowel (iː) in “beam” is tense Compare lax (sense 4)
(often foll by up) to make or become tense
(grammar) a category of the verb or verbal inflections, such as present, past, and future, that expresses the temporal relations between what is reported in a sentence and the time of its utterance
An inflectional (see inflection) form of verbs; it expresses the time at which the action described by the verb takes place. The major tenses are past, present, and future. The verb in “I sing” is in the present tense; in “I sang,” past tense; in “I will sing,” future tense. Other tenses are the present perfect (“I have sung”), the past perfect (“I had sung”), and the future perfect (“I will have sung”).
adjective, tenser, tensest. 1. stretched tight, as a cord, fiber, etc.; drawn taut; rigid. 2. in a state of mental or nervous strain; high-strung; taut: a tense person. 3. characterized by a strain upon the nerves or feelings: a tense moment. 4. Phonetics. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles; narrow. Compare lax (def 7). verb […]
adjective 1. capable of being stretched; tensile. adjective 1. capable of being stretched; tensile
adjective 1. of or relating to tension: tensile strain. 2. capable of being stretched or drawn out; ductile. adjective 1. of or relating to tension 2. sufficiently ductile to be stretched or drawn out
noun 1. the resistance of a material to longitudinal stress, measured by the minimum amount of longitudinal stress required to rupture the material. tensile strength noun 1. a measure of the ability of a material to withstand a longitudinal stress, expressed as the greatest stress that the material can stand without breaking tensile strength (těn’səl, […]