tense /ˈtɛn(t)s/ 形容詞
Tense n. Gram. One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time.
Note: ☞ The primary simple tenses are three: those which express time past, present, and future; but these admit of modifications, which differ in different languages.
Tense, a. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.
The temples were sunk, her forehead was tense, and a fatal paleness was upon her. --Goldsmith.
-- Tense*ly, adv. -- Tense*ness, n.
adj 1: in or of a state of physical or nervous tension [ant: relaxed]
2: pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the
vowel sound in `beat') [ant: lax]
3: taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings" [ant:
n : a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions
v 1: stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope" [syn: strain]
2: increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
3: become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his
opponent enter the room" [syn: tense up] [ant: relax]
4: make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious; [syn: strain,
tense up] [ant: relax, relax]