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.
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]