English noun: tension
|1.||tension (state) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense|
|Samples||He suffered from fatigue and emotional tension.|
Stress is a vasoconstrictor.
|Broader (hypernym)||mental strain, nervous strain, strain|
|Narrower (hyponym)||breaking point, yips|
|Domain category||psychological science, psychology|
|2.||tension (state) the physical condition of being stretched or strained|
|Samples||It places great tension on the leg muscles.|
He could feel the tenseness of her body.
|Synonyms||tautness, tenseness, tensity|
|Broader (hypernym)||condition, status|
|Narrower (hyponym)||tone, tonicity, tonus|
|3.||tension (state) a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)|
|Samples||There is a tension created between narrative time and movie time.|
There is a tension between these approaches to understanding history.
|Domain category||art, artistic creation, artistic production, literature|
|4.||tension (phenomenon) (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body|
|Samples||The direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear.|
|Domain category||natural philosophy, physics|
|5.||tension (state) feelings of hostility that are not manifest|
|Samples||He could sense her latent hostility to him.|
The diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions.
|Broader (hypernym)||antagonism, enmity, hostility|
|6.||tension (act) the action of stretching something tight|
|Samples||Tension holds the belt in the pulleys.|