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tension

noun uk   us   /ˈten.ʃən/

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.
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tension noun (STRETCH)

[U] The tension of a wire or rope is the degree to which it is stretched.
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