Synonyms for tension

Synonyms for (noun) tension

Synonyms: tension

Definition: the action of stretching something tight

Usage: tension holds the belt in the pulleys

Similar words: stretching

Definition: act of expanding by lengthening or widening


Synonyms: tension

Definition: (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body

Usage: the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear

Similar words: stress

Definition: (physics) force that produces strain on a physical body

Usage: the intensity of stress is expressed in units of force divided by units of area


Synonyms: latent hostility, tension

Definition: feelings of hostility that are not manifest

Usage: he could sense her latent hostility to him; the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions

Similar words: hostility, antagonism, enmity

Definition: a state of deep-seated ill-will


Synonyms: tension

Definition: a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)

Usage: there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time; there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history

Similar words: balance

Definition: a state of equilibrium


Synonyms: stress, tenseness, tension

Definition: (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense

Usage: he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension; stress is a vasoconstrictor

Similar words: mental strain, nervous strain, strain

Definition: (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress

Usage: his responsibilities were a constant strain; the mental strain of staying alert hour after hour was too much for him


Synonyms: tenseness, tension, tensity, tautness

Definition: the physical condition of being stretched or strained

Usage: it places great tension on the leg muscles; he could feel the tenseness of her body

Similar words: condition, status

Definition: a state at a particular time

Usage: a condition (or state) of disrepair; the current status of the arms negotiations