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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:

    Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders

  • 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.

    JFK Emegency Landing (VIDEO): Sparks Fly After Delta Connection Flight 4951 Landing Gear Malfunction

  • Traffic police stand tensely at intersections, automatic weapons at the ready.

    Behind Moscow Airport Bomb, Insurgency Grinds On in Caucasus

  • As advocates on both sides watched tensely, Senate republicans debated for days whether to bring the bill to the floor.

    Gay Rites Law Passes

  • 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.

    Abby Tolchinsky: How To Get A Divorce In The New Year

  • A peek at the next two episodes, tensely titled "Shotgun" and "Cornered," reveals more twists and turns ahead for the bandaged-up thug.

    Cheers & Jeers: Breaking Bad Takes it to the Banks

  • 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.

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  • 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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