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English definition of “tension”

tension

noun uk   /ˈten.ʃən/ us  

tension noun (FEELING)

B2 [U] a feeling of nervousness before an important or difficult event: You could feel the tension in the room as we waited for our exam results. B2 [C usually plural or U] a feeling of fear or anger between two groups of people who do not trust each other: ethnic/racial tension There are growing tensions between the two countries.

tension noun (STRETCH)

[U] The tension of a wire or rope is the degree to which it is stretched.
(Definition of tension from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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