Meaning of tense

Definition of tense

(adj) in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
(noun) a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
(verb) become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed"; "the rope strained when the weight was attached"
increase the tension on; "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring"
become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up"

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