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Definition of tension verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

tension

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtenʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenʃn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tension
BrE BrE//ˈtenʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenʃn//
 
he / she / it tensions
BrE BrE//ˈtenʃnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenʃnz//
 
past simple tensioned
BrE BrE//ˈtenʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenʃnd//
 
past participle tensioned
BrE BrE//ˈtenʃnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenʃnd//
 
-ing form tensioning
BrE BrE//ˈtenʃnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtenʃnɪŋ//
 
 
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tension something (specialist) to make a wire, sail, etc. tight and stretched Word Origin mid 16th cent. (as a medical term denoting a condition or feeling of being physically stretched or strained): from French, or from Latin tensio(n-), from tendere ‘stretch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tension