tenseness
noun see tense II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tenseness — index stress (strain) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Tenseness — In phonology, tenseness is a particular vowel or consonant quality that is phonemically contrastive in many languages, including English. It has also occasionally been used to describe contrasts in consonants. Unlike most distinctive features,… …   Wikipedia

  • tenseness — Ⅰ. tense [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) stretched tight or rigid. 2) feeling, causing, or showing anxiety and nervousness. ► VERB ▪ make or become tense. DERIVATIVES tensely adverb tenseness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • tenseness — noun 1. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension stress is a vasoconstrictor • Syn: ↑tension, ↑stress • Derivationally related forms: ↑stress …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tenseness — Tense Tense, a. [L. tensus, p. p. of tendere to stretch. See {Tend} to move, and cf. {Toise}.] Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber. [1913 Webster] The temples were sunk, her forehead was tense, and a fatal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tenseness — See tensely. * * * …   Universalium

  • tenseness — noun a) The characteristic of being tense. b) A particular vowel or consonant quality that is phonemically contrastive in many languages, including English …   Wiktionary

  • tenseness — tense·ness || tensnɪs n. tension, nervousness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tenseness — tense·ness …   English syllables

  • tenseness — See: tense …   English dictionary

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