There are 2 definitions of tense in English:

tense1

Syllabification: tense
Pronunciation: /tens
 
/

adjective

verb

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  • 1Become tense, typically through anxiety or nervousness: her body tensed up
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    • I tensed up and squeezed her hand harder.
    • If you get too tensed up and let it get to you, that's counter-productive.
    • He used to get quite tensed up and panicky about things, but that is all in the past now.
  • 1.1 [with object] Make (a muscle or one’s body) tight or rigid: carefully stretch and then tense your muscles
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    • When we are stressed our body responds by tensing the muscles.
    • Every muscle in her body was tensed for the coming action.
    • Tense each body part for a moment and then relax it.
    Synonyms
    tighten, tauten, tense up, flex, contract, brace, stiffen; screw up, knot, strain, stretch, squinch up

Derivatives

tensely

adverb
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  • Everyone watched tensely as he edged along the narrow ledge.
  • They wait tensely to see whether the outbreak will spread further.
  • The accused are led into the room and wait tensely for sentencing.

tenseness

noun
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  • High doses of caffeine are associated with anxiety and tenseness.
  • I feel a small but significant tenseness in my shoulders.
  • The tenseness that had suddenly appeared on his daughter's face worried him.

tensity

Pronunciation: /ˈtensitē/
noun
( • dated )
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  • I could tell that he had noticed my tensity.
  • His muscles seemed to loose their tensity and he crashed downward in a heap.
  • Note the tensity of expression with which the group is following his each and every word

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin tensus 'stretched', from the verb tendere.

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There are 2 definitions of tense in English:

tense2

Syllabification: tense
Pronunciation: /
 
tens/

noun

Grammar
  • 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 past tense
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    • At the moment I am trying to master 5 different tenses of verbs and also adverbs, pronouns and other vocabulary.
    • As the network learned, it began to generate ‘digged’ for ‘dug,’ regular past tenses of irregular verbs.
    • When my brain was filled with verb tenses, right triangles and pulmonary veins, there was no room for personal thoughts.

Derivatives

tenseless

adjective
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  • For example, Roderick Chisholm and A. N. Prior claim that the ‘is’ in the sentence ‘It's now midnight ‘is essentially present tensed because there is no translation using only tenseless verbs.’
  • If we want to construct a sentence which genuinely contains only B-series temporal expressions, then we must construct one whose verbs are tenseless.
  • Such a realist account is provided by static and tenseless theories of time. A static theory holds that the participation of time into the past, the present and the future depends on the perspective we human beings put on the world.

Origin

Middle English (in the general sense 'time'): from Old French tens, from Latin tempus 'time'.

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