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tension

noun [U]  us   /ˈten·ʃən/

tension noun [U] (STIFF STATE)

the state of being tight and stiff: We need more tension in the wires, so pull them tighter.

tension noun [U] (NERVOUS STATE)

anxiety and worry: The tension was unbearable as we waited for our exam results. Tension is also an anxious situation of anger and lack of trust between two groups of people.
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