Definition of tightness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtaɪtnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪtnəs//
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  1. 1a painful or uncomfortable feeling in a part of the body because of illness or emotion synonym constriction (1) Symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness and breathing problems.
  2. 2the fact of being held or fixed in position firmly; the fact of being difficult to move or undo synonym firmness (4) the tightness of her grip
  3. 3the fact of clothes fitting closely to your body and sometimes being uncomfortable The tightness or looseness of clothing can make a difference. opposite looseness (1)
  4. 4the fact of rules or controls being very strict and firm the tightness of gun controls
  5. 5the state of being stretched or pulled so that it cannot stretch much further He checked the ropes for tightness. opposite looseness (1)
  6. 6the fact of something being difficult to manage with because there is not enough money, time, etc. the tightness of her schedule labour market tightness (= not having enough workers) There will be a continuation of fiscal austerity, monetary tightness and realistic exchange rates.
  7. 7the fact that the runners, teams, etc. in a race or contest seem to be equally good the tightness of the presidential race
  8. 8the quality of looking or sounding anxious, upset, angry, etc. the tightness of her smile
  9. 9the fact of having a close relationship with somebody else or with other people the tightness of the community
  10. 10the fact of curving suddenly rather than gradually the tightness of the bend