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  • v. Present participle of tense.


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  • When I got behind the wheel of Coche I turned to look at Dad, who was already tensing up his leg muscles as I prepared to slide the front seat forward.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad

  • “Rosario agreed to spend the week with me,” he said, his voice tensing.

    My Fair Succubi

  • My entire body orgasmed, my legs and muscles tensing and clenching with pleasure, my breath exploding in a shudder.

    My Fair Succubi

  • This means that the difference between keen and kin is that in the former the vowel “involves considerable tensing of the vocal apparatus” (Roca and Johnson p. 182).

    P is for Phonemic Chart « An A-Z of ELT

  • When a man became aware that his heart was racing or his muscles were tensing, he was coached to say, "I need a time out" and then to immediately leave the room before the "automatic" violent behavior emerged.

    Eric Haseltine: Changing Your Brain's Factory Settings

  • Tui Tulifau hesitated, but his spouse glared at him, her brawny arm tensing as the fist doubled into a redoubtable knot.


  • The 5 to 8-inch long prototypes, made from soft polymers, mimic real fish that swim by tensing and relaxing muscles to produce a vibration in their bodies.

    Boing Boing

  • She watched him closely, tensing herself to jump away.

    Crimson Wind

  • The dread tensing his body evaporated like dew on a warm morning.

    Star Trek: Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire

  • “Are you with me?” he asked, his nerves tensing as he waited for her answer.

    At Hidden Falls

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