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



    BrE BrE//ˈtensnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtensnəs//
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  1. 1the feeling of being nervous or worried, and unable to relax He could hear the tenseness in her voice.
  2. 2the existence of strong feelings such as worry, anger, etc. that often cannot be expressed openly Even a complete stranger to the situation could have felt the tenseness and feeling of expectation.
  3. 3the state of a muscle or other part of the body being stretched tight rather than relaxed The tenseness in his shoulders gradually eased.