|n.||1.||(Gram.) One of the forms which a verb takes by inflection or by adding auxiliary words, so as to indicate the time of the action or event signified; the modification which verbs undergo for the indication of time.|
|a.||1.||Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.|
|Noun||1.||tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time|
|Verb||1.||tense - stretch or force to the limit; "strain the rope"|
|2.||tense - increase the tension on; "tense a rope"|
|3.||tense - become tense or tenser; "He tensed up when he saw his opponent enter the room"|
Synonyms: tense up
|4.||tense - make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;|
|Adj.||1.||tense - in or of a state of physical or nervous tension|
|2.||tense - pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in `beat')|
lax - pronounced with muscles relatively relaxed (e.g., the vowel sound in `bet')
|3.||tense - taut or rigid; stretched tight; "tense piano strings"|
lax - not taut or rigid; not stretched or held tight; "a lax rope"
TENSE. A term used in, grammar to denote the distinction of time.
2. The acts of a court of justice ought to be in the present tense; as, "praeceptum est," not "preaceptum fuit;" but the acts of, the party may be in the preterperfect tense, as "venit, et protulit hic in curia quandum querelam suam;" and the continuances are in the preterperfect tense; as, "venerunt," not "veniunt." 1 Mod. 81.
3. The contract of marriage should be made in language in the present tense. 6 Binn. Rep. 405. Vide 1 Saund. 393, n. 1.
|tense - Of programs, very clever and efficient. A tense piece of code often got that way because it was highly bummed, but sometimes it was just based on a great idea. A comment in a clever routine by Mike Kazar, once a grad-student hacker at CMU: "This routine is so tense it will bring tears to your eyes." A tense programmer is one who produces tense code.|