What is tense?

  • (noun): A grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time.
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "tense":

  • (verb): Increase the tension on.
    Example: "Tense a rope"
  • (adj): Taut or rigid; stretched tight.
    Example: "Tense piano strings"
  • (verb): Become tense or tenser.
    Synonyms: tense up
  • (adj): Pronounced with relatively tense tongue muscles (e.g., the vowel sound in 'beat').
  • (verb): Make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious.
    Synonyms: strain, tense up
  • (adj): In or of a state of physical or nervous tension.
  • (verb): Stretch or force to the limit.
    Synonyms: strain

Famous quotes containing the word tense:

    Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    I don’t think Dr. King helped racial harmony, I think he helped racial justice. What I profess to do is help the oppressed and if I cause a load of discomfort in the white community and the black community, that in my opinion means I’m being effective, because I’m not trying to make them comfortable. The job of an activist is to make people tense and cause social change.
    Al, Reverend Sharpton (b. 1954)

    Probably nature itself gave man the ability to lie so that in difficult and tense moments he could protect his nest, just as do the vixen and wild duck.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)