from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being tense; tenseness.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being tense; tenseness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being tense, or strained to stiffness; tension; tenseness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being tense (literally or figuratively); tension.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the physical condition of being stretched or strained


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From Latin tensus ‘tense’ + -ity. Compare intensity.


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  • GENTRY this Tea is much admired as a fashionable BREAKFAST; being pleasant to the taste and smell, gently astringing the fibres of the stomach, and giving them that proper tensity, which is requisite to a good digestion; and nothing can be better adapted to help and nourish the Constitution after late hours, or making too free with wine.

    A Treatise on Foreign Teas Abstracted From An Ingenious Work, Lately Published, Entitled An Essay On the Nerves

  • Alma was there, of course, in a beautiful fox scarf, also gift of the groom, and locked in a white kind of tensity that made her seem more than ever like a little white flower to Leo Friedlander, the sole other attendant, and who during the ceremony yearned at her with his gaze.

    The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • He sat up suddenly, his muscular tensity increasing the hurt of the scurvy.


  • As me being a Florida resident, I feel the tensity of this this election first hand.

    Can undecideds swing the vote?

  • She was listening for a footfall in a state of mental tensity which almost took away from her the power of motion.

    A Changed Man

  • Now, as he spoke, his voice trembled with that peculiar vibration which is the result of tensity.

    Sister Carrie

  • For judging by her face the thing she had to tell must be of the utmost importance to her, else why this tensity and excitement on her part.

    An American Tragedy

  • There followed an appalling tensity; a prodigious gathering of force; a panic stirring concentration of energy.

    The Metal Monster

  • As she rocked to and fro she felt the tensity of woe in abandonment, the magnificence of wrath after deception, the languour of sorrow after defeat.

    Sister Carrie

  • Nicole turned him about by the shoulders and sent him out of the room; Dick broke the tensity with a laugh.

    Tender is the Night


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