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English noun: tenseness

1. tenseness (state) the physical condition of being stretched or strained


SamplesIt places great tension on the leg muscles.
He could feel the tenseness of her body.


Synonymstautness, tension, tensity


Broader (hypernym)condition, status


Narrower (hyponym)tone, tonicity, tonus

2. tenseness (state) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense


SamplesHe suffered from fatigue and emotional tension.
Stress is a vasoconstrictor.


Synonymsstress, tension


Broader (hypernym)mental strain, nervous strain, strain


Narrower (hyponym)breaking point, yips


Domain categorypsychological science, psychology









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