from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tightly stretched; taut. See Synonyms at stiff, tight.
- adj. In a state of mental or nervous tension.
- adj. Characterized by nervous tension or suspense.
- adj. Linguistics Enunciated with taut muscles, as the sound (ē) in keen.
- transitive v. To make or become tense.
- n. Any one of the inflected forms in the conjugation of a verb that indicates the time, such as past, present, or future, as well as the continuance or completion of the action or state.
- n. A set of tense forms indicating a particular time: the future tense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the forms of a verb which distinguish when an action or state of being occurs or exists.
- adj. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
- adj. Pulled taut, without any slack.
- v. To make or become tense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time.
- adj. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Time. See temps.
- n. In grammar: Time.
- n. One of the forms, or sets of forms, which a verb takes in order to indicate the time of action or of that which is affirmed: extended also to forms indicating the nature of the action as continued, completed, and the like.
- Being in a state of tension; stretched until tight; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax: often used figuratively.
- To make tense or taut.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become tense, nervous, or uneasy
- n. a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
- adj. in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
- adj. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
- v. become stretched or tense or taut
- v. cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
- v. increase the tension on
- adj. taut or rigid; stretched tight
Latin tēnsus, past participle of tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English tens, from Old French, time, from Latin tempus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tens (modern French temps), from Latin tempus. (Wiktionary)
From Latin tensus, past participle of tendere ("stretch"). (Wiktionary)