(Especially of a muscle) stretched tight or rigid
A set of forms taken by a verb to indicate the time (and sometimes also the continuance or completeness) of the action in relation to the time of the utterance
the tense muscles of his neck
A tense expressing an action that has happened or a state that previously existed
= quater temps.
A tense expressing an action that has not yet happened or a state that does not yet exist
A tense expressing an action that is currently going on or habitually performed, or a state that currently or generally exists