Part of speech: noun

The act of stretching; stress; strain.

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Usage examples "tension":

  1. The boy was glad of anything to do to relieve the tension of waiting for the attack that didn't come. - "The Border Boys Across the Frontier", Fremont B. Deering.
  2. He wanted her to speak or move to break that tension of fear. - "The Wrong Twin", Harry Leon Wilson.
  3. The tension only lasted a moment or two. - "The Cattle-Baron's Daughter", Harold Bindloss.