Tension brace, or Tension member(Engin.), a brace or member designed to resist tension, or subjected to tension, in a structure.Tension rod(Engin.), an iron rod used as a tension member to strengthen timber or metal framework, roofs, or the like.

(Tense) n. [OF. tens, properly, time, F. temps time, tense. See Temporal of time, and cf. Thing.] (Gram.) One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time.

The primary simple tenses are three: those which express time past, present, and future; but these admit of modifications, which differ in different languages.

(Tense), a. [L. tensus, p. p. of tendere to stretch. See Tend to move, and cf. Toise.] Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.

The temples were sunk, her forehead was tense, and a fatal paleness was upon her.

Tense"ly, adv.Tense"ness, n.

(Ten`si*bil"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being tensible; tensility.

(Ten"si*ble) a. [See Tense, a.] Capable of being extended or drawn out; ductile; tensible.

Gold . . . is likewise the most flexible and tensible.

(Ten"sile) a. [See Tense, a.]

1. Of or pertaining to extension; as, tensile strength.

2. Capable of extension; ductile; tensible. Bacon.

(Ten"siled) a. Made tensile. [R.]

(Ten*sil"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being tensile, or capable of extension; tensibility; as, the tensility of the muscles. Dr. H. Mere.

(Ten"sion) n. [L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to stretch: cf. F. tension. See Tense, a.]

1. The act of stretching or straining; the state of being stretched or strained to stiffness; the state of being bent strained; as, the tension of the muscles, tension of the larynx.

2. Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.

3. The degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, piece of timber, or the like, is strained by drawing it in the direction of its length; strain. Gwilt.

4. (Mech.) The force by which a part is pulled when forming part of any system in equilibrium or in motion; as, the tension of a srting supporting a weight equals that weight.

5. A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness.

6. (Physics) Expansive force; the force with which the particles of a body, as a gas, tend to recede from each other and occupy a larger space; elastic force; elasticity; as, the tension of vapor; the tension of air.

7. (Elec.) The quality in consequence of which an electric charge tends to discharge itself, as into the air by a spark, or to pass from a body of greater to one of less electrical potential. It varies as the quantity of electricity upon a given area.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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