tighten

Part of speech: adverb

Tightly.

Part of speech: noun

Tightness.

Part of speech: verb

To make or become tight or tighter.

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Usage examples "tighten":

  1. As he did, he saw Astrid's knuckles tighten around the impeller. - "Evil Out of Onzar", Mark Ganes.
  2. The first links in a curious chain had already caught; soon the chain would tighten, pull as though by chance, and bring their lives into one and the same circle. - "Four Weird Tales", Algernon Blackwood.
  3. Their struggle had only helped to tighten their bonds; and what wonder? - "Hereward, The Last of the English", Charles Kingsley.