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Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  • make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  • become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"
  • increase the tension on; "tense a rope"
  • stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"
  • taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"
  • pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat'')
  • in or of a state of physical or nervous tension

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Tense'


  • Tense: Tense may refer to: Grammatical tense , a grammatical category expressing the time when a state or action denoted by a verb occurs ...
  • Grammatical tense: In grammar , tense is a category that locates a situation in time, to indicate when the situation takes place Tense is the ... the past ; " ...
  • Tense–aspect–mood: Tense–aspect–mood, commonly abbreviated tam and also called tense–modality–aspect or tma, is the grammatical system in a language that ...
  • Tenseness: In phonology , tenseness is a particular vowel quality that is phonemically contrastive in many languages, including English , in which ...
  • Tense (album): Tense is the seventh Korean studio album (thirteenth overall) by South Korean pop duo TVXQ . It was released on January 6, 2014 by S.M. ...

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* Have you ever been at sea in a dense fog, when it seemed as if a tangible white darkness shut you in and the great ship, tense and anxious, groped her way toward the shore with plummet and sounding-line, and you waited with beating heart for something to happen I was like that ship before my education began, only I was without compass or sounding line, and no way of knowing how near the harbor was. 'Light Give me light' was the wordless cry of my soul, and the light of love shone on me in that very hour. - Hellen Keller

* To talk to someone who does not listen is enough to tense the devil. - Pearl Bailey

* Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. - Bruce Lee


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Tense Sample Sentences in News


  • 'Past Tense' Movie: Kim Chiu and Xian Lim's next box-office hit!
    'Past Tense', the 3rd movie of Kim Chiu and Xian Lim (KimXi), is coming to theaters November 26, that's just 27 days from now. It's near already KimXis, and you better start saving now so you could watch it not just once but many times with family, friends and loved ones. Read more on this news related to 'Tense'
  • Tense calm follows Tripoli fighting
    A tense calm is reported in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli after days of deadly fighting between Sunni militants and government troops. Read more on this news related to 'Tense'
  • Taijul's eight-wicket haul sets up tense Bangladesh win
    (Reuters) - Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam claimed eight second innings wickets to post the best figures by a Bangladesh bowler and set up a tense three-wicket win for the hosts in the first test against Zimbabwe in Dhaka on Monday. Chasing 101 to win the opener of the three-match series, Bangladesh got off to a terrible start, losing their top three batsmen before Read more on this news related to 'Tense'

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