Meaning of “tension” in the English Dictionary

"tension" in British English

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tensionnoun

uk /ˈten.ʃən/ 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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(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 our exam results.

Tension is also an anxious situation of anger and lack of trust between two groups of people.

(Definition of “tension” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)