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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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It proposed a relationship of tensity between language and experience which was complex, subtle and of immense range, and fundamentally musical.
He states that we label the similar experience in our civilized culture as an "abaissement du niveau mental," and describes it as "a slackening of the tensity of consciousness, which might be compared to a low barometric reading, presaging bad weather.
"There is certain gladiatorial aspect to being an actor, it's that fierce all-or-nothing in tensity that gives you credibility in any role.
Even small children may start to show predisposition to one activity or one level of in tensity. The parents' job is to balance that out by not having children specialize in one sport too early and to encourage sports environments in which everybody can play.
The causes of his "tensity" are multiple, the most obvious being the abject racist conditions of his life on the South Side of Chicago, which include the rat-infested room he must call his home and a lack of meaningful employment - in a phrase, a life of ghettoization.
Odor in tensity was measured using a 0-8 n-butanol reference scale.
In the author's introduction, Wright explains the reasons for Bigger's condition: "[G]ranting the emotional state, the tensity, the fear, the hate, the impatience, the sense of exclusion, the ache for violent action, the emotional and cultural hunger, Bigger Thomas, conditioned as his organism is, will not become an ardent, or even a lukewarm, supporter of the status quo." Id.
That's because of a special multiple-wavelength technology that compensates for situations when reflected light in tensity falls to zero, due to destructive interference.