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tense

(tens),
Tight, rigid, or strained; characterized by anxiety and psychological strain.
[L. tensus, pp. of tendo, to stretch]

tense

(tĕns)
1. Tight, rigid.
2. Anxious, under mental stress.
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However, anyone thinking that this lays the groundwork for a future thawing in the tenseness of relations between the two is mistaken according to International relations expert Emad Gad from Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.
As with other Connolly books, "The Lovers" is written with a firm hand and a tenseness that keeps the reader on edge.
The effect of the tea's passionflower, hops and chamomile on tenseness, irritability, nervous restlessness and nervous stomach is supported by clinical data and by traditional use.
Signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) include excessive, and largely uncontrollable, worry; tenseness or restlessness; fatigue; difficulty concentrating; irritability; muscle tension; and sleep disturbances, lasting for at least 6 months.
Tenseness and swelling of the affected muscle compartment are valuable signs but are usually obscured by dressings or plaster.
Afterward, Dragicevich spoke of "the tenseness of an audience with pre-conceived notions--they spent an hour trying to figure out which way this ship was going to turn.
Colin's friends decide to hold a tea party to comfort him over the death of his fianc but, when he arrives, his totally unexpected air of cheerful relaxation contrasts sharply with their tenseness.
Like Munnings and Degas, Luard was drawn to the tenseness, the impending drama, the chaos and confusion, at the start of a race.
The tenseness of the situation appeared to manifest itself in last weekend's performance - a 3-0 drubbing at Southend United.