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Tense meaning

tense - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious;
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.
  4. 4. Form of a verb to indicate time.
  5. 5. Strained tight.

tense - examples of usage

  1. But swear it to your soul," said the girl in a low, tense whisper; " swear that you will never, sleeping or waking, laughing or crying, in joy or in sorrow, let woman or man know that you heard. - "The Shepherd of the North", Richard Aumerle Maher.
  2. She opened her eyes but did not move, and waited, tense with excitement. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. That tremendous sound of the past tense answered the question that Mavis was breathlessly waiting to ask. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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