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- adv. In a tense manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a tense manner; with tension.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in a tense manner
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As it sounded a figure jumped from behind a tree and called tensely:
He listened still more tensely through long minutes in which he heard nothing, at the same time whispering to Jerry for information and commanding him to be soft-spoken; and Jerry, with whuffs and whiffs and all the short-hand breath-exhalations of speech he had been taught, told him that men approached, many men, more men than five.
Video captured by a passenger and shown on the website of the Daily News shows a tensely quiet cabin in the seconds before the words "brace for impact" came over the jet's loudspeaker.
Traffic police stand tensely at intersections, automatic weapons at the ready.
As advocates on both sides watched tensely, Senate republicans debated for days whether to bring the bill to the floor.
For most though, a tensely litigated divorce settlement may be avoided, saving money, time and sparing you -- and your soon to be ex -- unnecessary added stress.
A peek at the next two episodes, tensely titled "Shotgun" and "Cornered," reveals more twists and turns ahead for the bandaged-up thug.
But, although I have long since repented of my initially dismissive tone and this revival could hardly be better done, I still think the play well short of a masterpiece: a tensely gripping first half leads to a gruesome follow-up in which the violence seems imposed rather than organic.
He could not even see Hall, much less be further advised by him, and so tensely did Saxon watch, that the pain in her finger-tips, crushed to the rock by which she held, warned her to relax.
Forty-five pairs of hands unmittened, and forty-five pairs of moccasins pressed tensely into the packed snow.
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