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Synonyms for tension

Synonyms for tension

the act, condition, or effect of exerting force on someone or something

Synonyms for tension

(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

the physical condition of being stretched or strained

a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)

(physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body

feelings of hostility that are not manifest

the action of stretching something tight

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The interval had been full of unadmitted tension, which suddenly passed.
Nervously alert, strung to extreme tension, but without alarm, still playing at the game of tracking, Jerry followed.
So Martin did not scorch that, and eased down on his muscular tension, though nervous tension rose higher than ever, and he listened sympathetically to the other's blasphemies as he toiled and suffered over the beautiful things that women wear when they do not have to do their own laundrying.
The next day, having keyed himself up to an exhausting high- tension, he earned two dollars and a half.
Perhaps my mind, with an instinct of self-preservation, sought relief in matters which would relax its dangerous tension.
He was very nervous as he sat on the platform, and I could see the high tension he was under.
At that moment the appearance of Flora could not but bring the tension to the breaking point.
Some of his own holdings were imperilled, and the man was working like some high-geared, delicate, strong machine--strung to full tension, going at full speed, accurate, never hesitating, with the proper word and decision and act ready and prompt as clockwork.
Both were high-strung, prone to excessive tension and endurance, and they lived at concert pitch.
I had fallen asleep in that state of nerve tension with which one meets the continuous shock of sound or movement, and I had awakened, still tense, bracing myself to meet the pressure of something which no longer bore upon me.
Too great hath been the tension of my cloud: 'twixt laughters of lightnings will I cast hail-showers into the depths.
There came a time when the tension seemed a little relaxed.
There is, in addition to them, a judgment: "This is what I shall do"; there is also a sensation of tension during doubt, followed by a different sensation at the moment of deciding.
The overstrained condition which had tormented her before did not only come back, but was intensified, and reached such a pitch that she was afraid every minute that something would snap within her from the excessive tension.
One of the linen chests was open; the silver teapot was unwrapped from its many folds of paper, and the best china was laid out on the top of the closed linen-chest; spoons and skewers and ladles were spread in rows on the shelves; and the poor woman was shaking her head and weeping, with a bitter tension of the mouth, over the mark, "Elizabeth Dodson," on the corner of some tablecloths she held in her lap.