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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of tense.

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

  • adj. having inflections to indicate tense


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  • His expression tensed, lips held firmly shut over clenched teeth, then assumed a submissive position: head bowed, ears front and down, elbows out, and all fourteen fingers interlocked to show contrition.


  • Then his expression tensed with the realization of what Flinx was telling him.

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  • CHUCK WRIGHT, EYEWITNESS: I was standing next to the atrium, and all of the sudden I heard these loud noises, like pop, pop, pop in a row and I immediately, I kind of tensed up, and I thought, what is that?

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  • The second I said it I kind of tensed and told myself I should be humoring him, that I was a sixty-four-year-old man with high blood pressure and worse cholesterol and he looked like a cruiserweight boxer.

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  • Everybody tensed up in anticipation of Louie's inevitable punishment, but then a wonderful thing happened.

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  • The hawk landed in a tree and Julian found he was holding his breath, arms stretched out at his sides, waiting for it to fly to her, his every muscle tensed.

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  • This mill's demeanor—grunty, free-revving, with a tensed, ready nature—is virtually indistinguishable from that of a larger, naturally aspirated six.

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  • Especially at the beginning, when every muscle in your body is tensed in fear. | Blog | Trout Towers: Hooping

  • I tensed and wished I had thought to grab the fireplace poker.

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  • Bark stretched out on his side, grunting as he tensed, then went limp.

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