Associations to the word «Tense»

Wiktionary

TENSE, noun. (grammar) Any of the forms of a verb which distinguish when an action or state of being occurs or exists.
TENSE, verb. (grammar) (transitive) To apply a tense to.
TENSE, adjective. Showing signs of stress or strain; not relaxed.
TENSE, adjective. Pulled taut, without any slack.
TENSE, verb. To make or become tense.
TENSE UP, verb. (intransitive) to become tense

Dictionary definition

TENSE, noun. A grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time.
TENSE, verb. Become stretched or tense or taut; "the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;" "the rope strained when the weight was attached".
TENSE, verb. Increase the tension on; "alternately relax and tense your calf muscle"; "tense the rope manually before tensing the spring".
TENSE, verb. Become tense, nervous, or uneasy; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room".
TENSE, verb. Cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; "he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up".
TENSE, adjective. In or of a state of physical or nervous tension.
TENSE, adjective. Pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat').
TENSE, adjective. Taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats