Từ điển trực tuyến - Online Dictionary

English - Vietnamese Dictionary
tension /'tenʃn/
  • danh từ
    • sự căng
    • trạng thái căng (của dây...); (nghĩa bóng) tình hình căng thẳng, sự căng thẳng
      • to ease tension: giảm nhẹ sự căng thẳng
    • (vật lý) sức ép, áp lực (của hơi...)
    • (điện học) điện áp
Concise Dictionary
+feelings of hostility that are not manifest
+(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
+the physical condition of being stretched or strained
+a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
+(physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body
+the action of stretching something tight

Thesaurus Dictionary
1 stress, tightness, tautness, strain, pull, traction, pressure, tenseness, force:
Can this cable withstand so much tension?
2 nervousness, anxiety, anxiousness, strain, edginess, apprehension, suspense, tautness, distress, upset, worry, jumpiness, fidgetiness, Colloq jitteriness, (a case of) the jitters:
I could feel the tension building among the audience.
Advanced English Dictionary
noun, verb
+ noun
1 [U, C, usually pl.] ~ (between A and B) a situation in which people do not trust each other, or feel unfriendly towards each other, and which may cause them to attack each other: There is mounting tension along the border. + international / racial / political tensions + Family tensions and conflicts may lead to violence. + The incident has further increased tension between the two countries.
2 [C, U] ~ (between A and B) a situation in which the fact that there are different needs or interests causes difficulties: There is often a tension between the aims of the company and the wishes of the employees.
3 [U] a feeling of anxiety and stress that makes it impossible to relax: nervous tension + We laughed and that helped ease the tension. + Walking and swimming are excellent for releasing tension. + a tension headache
4 [U] the feeling of fear and excitement that is created by a writer or a film/movie DIRECTOR: dramatic tension + As the movie progresses the tension builds.
5 [U] the state of being stretched tight; the extent to which sth is stretched tight: muscular tension + Adjust the string tension of your tennis racket to suit your style of playing. + When knitting, try to keep the same tension throughout. + Massage can relieve tension in your shoulders and back.
+ verb [VN] (technical) to make a wire, sail, etc. tight and stretched
Collocation Dictionary

1 inability to relax


inner | emotional, muscle/muscular, nervous, pre-menstrual, sexual
He suffers from nervous tension.


feel, suffer from
I feel some tension in my shoulders.
| sense
As soon as he entered, he sensed a tension in the air.
| cause, create | relieve | release




~ in
The hot bath eased the tension in his body.


a release of tension
Laughter can be a great release of tension.
| a sign of tension
Horses are very sensitive to signs of tension in humans.

2 bad feeling between people, countries, etc.


considerable, great, high
More police have been sent to areas of high political tension.
| slight | growing, heightened, increased, increasing, mounting | constant | unresolved | renewed | ethnic, political, racial, religious, social | communal, family, internal, international, national, regional


cause, create, generate | defuse, ease, reduce
She often used humour to defuse tension in meetings.
| heighten


build up, grow, increase, mount, rise | ease | be palpable


~ among
The tension among the audience was palpable.
| ~ between
tension between local youths and the police
| ~ in/within
The redundancies caused greater tensions within the company.
| ~ over
There has been increased tension over the border incident.
| ~ with
renewed tension with France


a source of tension
Money was always a source of tension between her parents.

3 of rope, wire, etc.




This oldracket needs its string tension adjusted.
| release


in ~
The metal is weak in tension.
| under ~
Stay clear of cables which are under tension.
| ~ on
The sudden tension on the line told me I had hooked a fish.

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