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ten·sion / ˈtenshən/ • n. 1. the state of being stretched tight: the parachute keeps the cable under tension as it drops. ∎  the state of having the muscles stretched tight, esp. as causing strain or discomfort: the elimination of neck tension can relieve headaches. ∎  a strained state or condition resulting from forces acting in opposition to each other. ∎  the degree of tightness of stitches in knitting and machine sewing. ∎  electromotive force. 2. mental or emotional strain: a mind that is affected by stress or tension cannot think as clearly. ∎  a strained political or social state or relationship: the coup followed months of tension between the military and the government | racial tensions. ∎  a relationship between ideas or qualities with conflicting demands or implications: the basic tension between freedom and control. • v. [tr.] apply a force to (something) that tends to stretch it. DERIVATIVES: ten·sion·al / -shənl/ adj. ten·sion·al·ly / -shənl-ē/ adv. ten·sion·er n. ten·sion·less adj.

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tension Molecular forces associated with the boundary layer of a liquid. It makes a liquid behave as if there were a ‘skin’ on the surface. Attractive forces in this skin tend to resist disruption, so that a needle or razor blade placed carefully on the surface floats, even though its density is many times that of the liquid.

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natation, nation, negation, notation, nutation, oblation, oration, ovation, potation, relation, rogation, rotation, Sarmatian, sedation, Serbo-Croatian, station, taxation, Thracian, vacation, vexation, vocation, zonation •accretion, Capetian, completion, concretion, deletion, depletion, Diocletian, excretion, Grecian, Helvetian, repletion, Rhodesian, secretion, suppletion, Tahitian, venetian •academician, addition, aesthetician (US esthetician), ambition, audition, beautician, clinician, coition, cosmetician, diagnostician, dialectician, dietitian, Domitian, edition, electrician, emission, fission, fruition, Hermitian, ignition, linguistician, logician, magician, mathematician, Mauritian, mechanician, metaphysician, mission, monition, mortician, munition, musician, obstetrician, omission, optician, paediatrician (US pediatrician), patrician, petition, Phoenician, physician, politician, position, rhetorician, sedition, statistician, suspicion, tactician, technician, theoretician, 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electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, restitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution •cushion • resumption • München •pincushion •Belorussian, Prussian, Russian •abduction, conduction, construction, deduction, destruction, eduction, effluxion, induction, instruction, introduction, misconstruction, obstruction, production, reduction, ruction, seduction, suction, underproduction •avulsion, compulsion, convulsion, emulsion, expulsion, impulsion, propulsion, repulsion, revulsion •assumption, consumption, gumption, presumption •luncheon, scuncheon, truncheon •compunction, conjunction, dysfunction, expunction, function, junction, malfunction, multifunction, unction •abruption, corruption, disruption, eruption, interruption •T-junction • liposuction •animadversion, aspersion, assertion, aversion, Cistercian, coercion, conversion, desertion, disconcertion, dispersion, diversion, emersion, excursion, exertion, extroversion, immersion, incursion, insertion, interspersion, introversion, Persian, perversion, submersion, subversion, tertian, version •excerption

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Tension ★★ 1950

Nice guy Warren Quimby (Basehart) has modest ambitions: a steady job, a house, and a loving wife. Well, two out of three…seems sultry Mrs. Q (Totter) is bored, so she finds a wealthy beachboy brute (Gough) to satisfy her itch. When Warren finds out, he plots to assume a new identity, kill the interloper, and get the missus back. But things don't work out as intended—putting Warren in the crosshairs of cynical detective Bonnabel (Sullivan). 95m/B DVD . Richard Basehart, Audrey Totter, Barry Sullivan, Cyd Charisse, Lloyd Gough, William Conrad; D: John Berry; W: Allen Rivkin; C: Harry Stradling Sr.; M: Andre Previn.

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