Synonyms of tension


1. tension, tenseness, stress, strain, mental strain, nervous strain

usage: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor"

2. tension, tensity, tenseness, tautness, condition, status

usage: the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

3. tension, balance

usage: a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature); "there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time"; "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history"

4. tension, stress

usage: (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body; "the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear"

5. latent hostility, tension, hostility, enmity, antagonism

usage: feelings of hostility that are not manifest; "he could sense her latent hostility to him"; "the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions"

6. tension, stretching

usage: the action of stretching something tight; "tension holds the belt in the pulleys"

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Definition and meaning of tension (Dictionary)