English to English
1. in or of a state of physical or nervous tension
2. pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')
3. taut or rigid; stretched tight
tense piano strings
4. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.
5. a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
6. 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.
7. become stretched or tense or taut
the bodybuilder's neck muscles tensed;|the rope strained when the weight was attached
8. increase the tension on
alternately relax and tense your calf muscle|tense the rope manually before tensing the spring
9. become tense, nervous, or uneasy
He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room
10. cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
he got a phone call from his lawyer that tensed him up