1. stretched tight, as a cord, fiber, etc.; drawn taut; rigid.
2. in a state of mental or nervous strain; high-strung; taut: a tense person.
3. characterized by a strain upon the nerves or feelings: a tense moment.
4. Phonetics. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles; narrow.Compare lax (def 7). verb (used with or without object), tensed, tensing.
5. to make or become tense.
"places can be tense after waves."
"places can be tense after lootings."
"situations can be tense on dates."
"provinces can be tense for months."
"places can be tense for months."
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