Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: Latin tensio, from tendere; TEND

tension

noun
     
Related topics: Physics
ten‧sion S3 W2
1

nervous feeling

[uncountable] a nervous worried feeling that makes it impossible for you to relax [↪ tense]:
The tension was becoming unbearable, and I wanted to scream.
reduce/relieve/ease etc tension
Exercise is the ideal way to relieve tension after a hard day.
2

no trust

[countable usually plural, uncountable] the feeling that exists when people or countries do not trust each other and may suddenly attack each other or start arguing
political/racial/social etc tension
In those days, there was a great deal of racial tension on campus.
tension between
The obvious tension between Warren and Anne made everyone else uncomfortable.
3

different influences

[uncountable and countable] if there is tension between two things, there is a difference between the needs or influences of each, and that causes problems
tension between
In business, there's always a tension between the needs of customers and shareholders.
4

tightness

[uncountable] tightness or stiffness in a wire, rope, muscle etc:
Tension in the neck muscles can cause headaches.
Muscle tension can be a sign of stress.
5

force

[uncountable]HP the amount of force that stretches something:
This wire will take 50 pounds tension.
tension on
There was a lot of tension on the wire before it snapped.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary