1 the act of stretching or the state or degree of being stretched
2 mental or emotional strain; stress
3 a situation or condition of hostility, suspense, or uneasiness
4 (Physics) a force that tends to produce an elongation of a body or structure
a voltage, electromotive force, or potential difference
b (in combination)
6 a device for regulating the tension in a part, string, thread, etc., as in a sewing machine
7 (Knitting) the degree of tightness or looseness with which a person knits (C16: from Latin tensio, from tendere to strain)
n modifier subjected to, carrying, or capable of operating at a relatively high voltage
a high-tension wire (Abbrev.)
adj subjected to, carrying, or capable of operating at a low voltage, (Abbrev.)
1 a property of liquids caused by intermolecular forces near the surface leading to the apparent presence of a surface film and to capillarity, etc.
2 a measure of this property expressed as the force acting normal to one side of a line of unit length on the surface: measured in newtons per metre., (Symbol)
T <Ggamma10001, σ
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