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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it
           places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel
           the tenseness of her body" [syn: tension, tensity, tautness]
      2: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or
         suspense; "he suffered from fatigue and emotional
         tension"; "stress is a vasoconstrictor" [syn: tension, stress]