Tense is a grammar term used to indicate whether a sentence (or verb) is an action in the past, the present or the future.(noun)
An example of tense is a verb that indicates action is going on now, or a sentence about action taking place now.
To tense is to become stressed or to have your muscles become tight and rigid.(verb)
An example of tense is when you get very nervous and scared when you hear a loud noise.
The definition of tense is a state where your muscles are tight, or where you are filled with nervousness and anxiety.(adjective)
An example of tense is the way to describe a student just before he takes a big and important test.
See tense in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L tensus, pp. of tendere, to stretch < IE *tend- < base *ten-, to stretch > thin
Origin: ME < OFr tens < L tempus, time: see temper
See tense in American Heritage Dictionary 4
adjective tens·er, tens·est
Origin: Latin tēnsus
Origin: , past participle of tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
Origin: Middle English tens
Origin: , from Old French, time
Origin: , from Latin tempus.
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