What is tension?

  • (noun): (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense.
    Example: "He suffered from fatigue and emotional tension"
    Synonyms: tenseness, stress
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on tension:

Spinning Drop Method
... is one of the methods used to measure interfacial tension ... shape this elongation stops when the interfacial tension and centrifugal forces are balanced ... The surface tension between the two liquids (for bubbles between the fluid and the gas) can then be derived from the shape of the drop at this equilibrium point ...
Stalagmometric Method
... The stalagmometric method is one of the most common methods for measuring surface tension ... from the capillary glass tube, and then calculate the surface tension of the specific fluid which we are interested in ... From this we can determine the surface tension ...
Low Tension Coil
... A low tension coil is an electrical device used to create a spark across the points of an ignitor on early 1900s gasoline engines, generally flywheel engines, hit and ... In modern electronic terms, a low tension coil is simply a large inductor, an electrical device that stores energy for brief periods ... The term "low tension" was the terminology of the day used to differentiate it from the term "high tension", and generally meant "low voltage" (tension ...
Tension - Other Uses
... Suspense or tension, the feeling of uncertainty and interest about the outcome of certain actions an audience perceives Tension (knitting), a factor that affects knitting gauge ...
Lead (tack) - Tying
... The purpose of such a knot is to be easy to untie even when under significant tension ... resists being tied thinner and/or weaker leads generally will break if significant tension is put on them ... whether a lead rope should be made strong enough not to break under tension, or if it should have safety elements that allow it to give way when ...

More definitions of "tension":

  • (noun): (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body.
    Example: "The direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear"
  • (noun): The action of stretching something tight.
    Example: "Tension holds the belt in the pulleys"
  • (noun): Feelings of hostility that are not manifest.
    Synonyms: latent hostility
  • (noun): The physical condition of being stretched or strained.
    Example: "It places great tension on the leg muscles"
    Synonyms: tensity, tenseness, tautness
  • (noun): A balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature).
    Example: "There is a tension created between narrative time and movie time"; "there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history"

Famous quotes containing the word tension:

    Measured by any standard known to science—by horse-power, calories, volts, mass in any shape,—the tension and vibration and volume and so-called progression of society were full a thousand times greater in 1900 than in 1800;Mthe force had doubled ten times over, and the speed, when measured by electrical standards as in telegraphy, approached infinity, and had annihilated both space and time. No law of material movement applied to it.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)

    Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, ended at the exact moment when word of the murders on Cielo Drive traveled like brushfire through the community, and in a sense this is true. The tension broke that day. The paranoia was fulfilled.
    Joan Didion (b. 1935)

    The tension to mother the “right” way can leave a peculiar silence within mother daughter relationships—the silence of a mother’s own truth and experience. Within this silence, a daughter’s authentic voice can also fall silent. This is the silence of perfection. This silence of perfection prevents mothers from listening and learning from their daughters.
    Elizabeth Debold (20th century)