tension Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"tension" in British English

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tensionnoun

uk   us   /ˈten.ʃən/

tension noun (FEELING)

B2 [U] a ​feeling of ​nervousness before an ​important or ​difficultevent: You could ​feel the tension in the ​room as we ​waited for ​ourexamresults.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.
(Definition of tension from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tension" in American English

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tensionnoun [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 ​ourexamresults. Tension is also an ​anxioussituation of ​anger and ​lack of ​trust between two ​groups of ​people.
(Definition of tension from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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