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The physical condition of being stretched or strained.  Synonyms: tautness, tension, tensity.  "He could feel the tenseness of her body"
(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense.  Synonyms: stress, tension.  "Stress is a vasoconstrictor"

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"Tenseness" Quotes from Famous Books

... relaxed as I ever am," the other man said candidly, and Rostov recognized the truth of his analysis. Monk lived in a world of taut muscles and nerves stretched out just below the breaking point. Tenseness was his trademark; there was no more elasticity in Monk's body than there was in the hard cash he ...
— Heart • Henry Slesar

... man beside her but her own mind went on, also making words. Something within herself felt suddenly relaxed and free. Ever since she had got off the train at Willow Springs three days before there had been a great tenseness. Now it was all gone. She looked at Melville Stoner who occasionally looked at her. There was something in his eyes, a kind of laughter—a mocking kind of laughter. His eyes were grey, of a cold greyness, like the eyes of ...
— Triumph of the Egg and Other Stories • Sherwood Anderson

... her start. He looked up, and saw that her face was turned down the trail. He had caught the quick change in her eyes, the swift tenseness that flashed for an instant in her mouth. The vivid colour in her face had paled. She looked again as he had seen her for that short space at the door in Miriam's room. He followed the ...
— God's Country—And the Woman • James Oliver Curwood

... some knowledge of the sea, for he obeyed at once, and the boat, set free, lurched forward with a flap of her sail, which was like the report of a cannon. For a moment, all seemed confusion and flapping chaos, then came a sense of tenseness, and the boat heeled over with a swish, which added a hundred-weight of solid water to the beating of the hail on the spare sail, ...
— The Last Hope • Henry Seton Merriman

... his failure. The tenseness went out of him. He spoke calmly. "Yes, I wanted to die. I no longer possess anything. I lied, Boris; but it is useless to tell you that. I knew nothing of Anna until it was too late. I ...
— The Drums Of Jeopardy • Harold MacGrath

... take the reason (excluding a Parenchyma now) to be this. When an Oxe or a Cow is grown old, and in an indifferent plight as to his flesh (for so it is called) all those Vessels having been kept at that size for the most part, have contracted a tenseness and firmness, and their fibers less extensive, nor so fitted for the reception of more unctuous particles to relaxe them; and that additional unctuous matter, which occasions fatness, is forced to seek new quarter any where ...
— Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666 • Various

... unerring sweep and accuracy, as we see in his numerous predella paintings; but even more remarkable is the wonderful plastic quality of his modelling. By this he makes us realise better than any one before him the tenseness of sinew, the resistance of hard muscle, and the supple elasticity of flesh, giving a solidity and weight to his forms that make them impressive as ...
— Luca Signorelli • Maud Cruttwell

Words linked to "Tenseness" :   tone, tonus, psychology, condition, tonicity, tense, status, breaking point, strain, yips, tension, nervous strain, stress, mental strain, psychological science

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