Variant of tense
- stretched tight; strained; taut
- feeling, showing, or causing mental strain; anxious
- Phonet. articulated with the jaw and tongue muscles relatively rigid: said of certain vowels, as (ē) and (o̵̅o̅)
Origin: L tensus, past participle of tendere, to stretch from Indo-European an unverified form tend- from base an unverified form ten-, to stretch from source thin
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