Definition of tense :
1. 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.
2. Stretched tightly; strained to stiffness; rigid; not lax; as, a tense fiber.
excited, strained, constricted, nervy, aroused, filter out, anxious, twitchy, stress, tense up, pumped, filtrate, sieve, sift, suspenseful, high-strung, jittery, strive, skittish, tauten, drawn, uptight, separate out, isotonic, jumpy, unconcerned, strain, nervous, restive, agitated, deform, puree, overstrung, electric, suspensive, nail-biting, pumped-up, restless, unrelaxed, try, reach, extend, fidgety, cliff-hanging, edgy, in suspense, highly strung, wound up, filter, calm, wired, distort
conflicting (part of speech: adjective)
conflicting, dissonant, rioting, hostile, squabbling, colliding, cacophonous, dissenting, raucous, antagonistic, rowing, differing, dissident, contentious, bickering, feuding, clamoring, loath, disharmonious, clashing, discordant, warring, brawling, antipathetic, harsh
tighten (part of speech: verb)
tight (part of speech: adjective)
- He rubbed his eyes and then sat bolt upright, with a tense searching look, as though trying to pierce to the truth of things by a violence of staring. - "The Soul of the War", Philip Gibbs.
- But his mind was tense and anxious. - "Man of Many Minds", E. Everett Evans.
- Hushed, she sat tense, her eyes never moving from his face. - "The Everlasting Whisper", Jackson Gregory.