Tension
Tension Ten"sion, n. [L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to stretch: cf. F. tension. See {Tense}, a.] 1. The act of stretching or straining; the state of being stretched or strained to stiffness; the state of being bent strained; as, the tension of the muscles, tension of the larynx. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort. [1913 Webster]

3. The degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, piece of timber, or the like, is strained by drawing it in the direction of its length; strain. --Gwilt. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mech.) The force by which a part is pulled when forming part of any system in equilibrium or in motion; as, the tension of a srting supporting a weight equals that weight. [1913 Webster]

5. A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness. [1913 Webster]

6. (Physics) Expansive force; the force with which the particles of a body, as a gas, tend to recede from each other and occupy a larger space; elastic force; elasticity; as, the tension of vapor; the tension of air. [1913 Webster]

7. (Elec.) The quality in consequence of which an electric charge tends to discharge itself, as into the air by a spark, or to pass from a body of greater to one of less electrical potential. It varies as the quantity of electricity upon a given area. [1913 Webster]

{Tension brace}, or {Tension member} (Engin.), a brace or member designed to resist tension, or subjected to tension, in a structure.

{Tension rod} (Engin.), an iron rod used as a tension member to strengthen timber or metal framework, roofs, or the like. [1913 Webster]


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  • tension — [ tɑ̃sjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1490; lat. tensio I ♦ (Concret) 1 ♦ Physiol. État d un tissu, d un organe distendu. Résistance opposée par une paroi organique aux liquides, aux gaz contenus dans la cavité qu elle limite. Tension de la paroi abdominale. 2 ♦… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tension — may refer to:In science: *Tension (physics), a force related to the stretching of an object (the opposite of compression) *High tension, in electrical power transmission, wires which carry high voltages *Stress (medicine), also referred to as… …   Wikipedia

  • tensión — sustantivo femenino 1. Área: física, física Estado de un cuerpo elástico cuando dos o más fuerzas actúan sobre él: Hay que darle más tensión a las cuerdas de la guitarra. tensión superficial Fuerza que ejercen las moléculas del interior de un… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • tension — Tension. s. f. v. Estat de ce qui est tendu. Tension de nerfs. cette fluxion luy causoit une grande tension à la peau. Il se prend aussi fig. pour Grande application d esprit. Il s est épuisé par une trop grande tension d esprit. dans ce travail… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • tensión — f. fisiol. Resistencia que ofrecen las paredes de aquellas cavidades orgánicas que contienen un líquido o un gas en su interior, como el sistema circulatorio y la sangre, o el ojo y el humor vítreo. Medical Dictionary. 2011. tensión …   Diccionario médico

  • tension — 1530s, a stretched condition, from M.Fr. tension, from L. tensionem (nom. tensio) a stretching (in M.L. a struggle, contest ), from tensus, pp. of tendere to stretch, from PIE root *ten stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). The sense of nervou …   Etymology dictionary

  • tension — ► NOUN 1) the state of being tense. 2) mental or emotional strain. 3) a situation in which there is conflict or strain because of differing views, aims, or elements. 4) the degree of stitch tightness in knitting and machine sewing. 5) voltage of… …   English terms dictionary

  • tension — [ten′shən] n. [< MFr or L: MFr < L tensio < tensus: see TENSE1] 1. a tensing or being tensed 2. mental or nervous strain, often accompanied by muscular tautness 3. a state of strained relations; uneasiness due to mutual hostility 4. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Tension — (lat./engl.: Spannung) bezeichnet in der physikalischen Chemie Druck, Spannung, siehe Druck (Physik) die Spannung einer Saite alternativ zur Saitenstärke in der Jazzharmonik einen Spannungston, der zu einem Akkord hinzugenommen wird: Tension… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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