tenseness tenseness

Definition(s):

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

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Usage(s):

  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.

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Quotes

  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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