- The act of stretching.
- The condition of being stretched or tense, or a stretching or pulling force.
- The partial pressure of a gas, especially that of a gas dissolved in a liquid such as blood.
- Mental, emotional, or nervous strain; strained relations or barely controlled hostility between people or groups.
[L. tensio, fr. tendo, pp. tensus, to stretch]
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