tenseness tenseness


  1. (n) the physical condition of being stretched or strained
  2. (n) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense



  1. And Hall, with her flawless American accent, is equally persuasive at inhabiting, not just miming, the stammering tenseness of the traditional Allen heroine.
  2. Their audience felt a tenseness on the stage.
  3. The film matches Leo's desperate tenseness to create a spare, absorbing melodrama.



  1. During the Cold War, "every crossing point from East to West had the tenseness of a major surgical operation," wrote John le Carré in "Smiley's People," a classic novel of East-West skullduggery.
    on Jul 9, 2010 By: John Le Carre Source: Washington Post

  2. "It wouldn't be fun. In fact, I made a comment when we were down 1-0 in the first," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "I felt a little tenseness in there. I said, 'Guys, what's the worst thing that can happen? We lose 162 games, big deal. We...
    on Mar 31, 2004 By: Joe Torre Source: USA Today

  3. "You tended to look at the ones with long, white T-shirts, because they were in the uniform of a gang, and you can't help but have some tenseness," said McCrory, a Republican. "I stated not only what I saw Wednesday night but what I see when...
    on Jul 7, 2007 By: Pat McCrory Source: Charlotte Observer

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