Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The characteristic of being tense.
  • n. A particular vowel or consonant quality that is phonemically contrastive in many languages, including English.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being tense, or stretched to stiffness; stiffness; rigidness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the physical condition of being stretched or strained
  • n. (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

Etymologies

tense +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • NBC's Chuck Todd says there's a 'tenseness' between John and Sarah (More Pravda Propaganda)

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  • No "tenseness" between "The One" and Rimshot Joe after last weekends comments though.

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  • And I guess that after Joe ran his mouth about The One being tested by a worldwide crisis that there was no "tenseness" going on in that duo?

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  • That's not the kind of "tenseness" the writer was referring to.

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  • NBC's Chuck Todd says there's a 'tenseness' between John McCain and Sarah Palin

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  • A: It was a bit unnerving going through a checkpoint to show your passport and to answer questions as to why you’re there, how long you’re going to be there and where you’re going while you’re there and what time you’re leaving… What’s unnerving about that is that there’s a kind of tenseness in the checkpoint.

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  • There's a "tenseness" between McCain and Palin (trouble in paradise?

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  • He tried to poke them together again, but in spite of the tenseness of the effort, his shivering got away with him, and the twigs were hopelessly scattered.

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  • There was no tenseness in her body, her arms did not go around him, and her lips met his without their wonted pressure.

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  • And in the meantime, except for the tenseness of it, and for the incessant watchfulness which Margaret and I alone maintain, it is more like a mild adventure, more like a page out of some book of romance which ends happily.

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