Learner's definition of TENSION
1 a : a feeling of nervousness that makes you unable to relax b : a feeling of nervousness, excitement, or fear that is created in a movie, book, etc. 2 : a state in which people, groups, countries, etc., disagree with and feel anger toward each other
Do you sense the tension between those two?
There was a lot of tension at the meeting.
The book describes the tension-filled days before the war.
3 : a difficult situation caused by the opposite needs or effects of two different ideas, desires, etc.
4 [noncount] : the degree to which something is stretched : the amount that something is stretched
I don't like the tension on this tennis racket.
muscle tension [=tightness]
She has a lot of tension in her shoulders.