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In tension with

Posted by ESC on April 15, 2003

In Reply to: In tension with posted by Mei on April 15, 2003

: Hi,

: Does anybody know the meaning of the phrase "to be in tension with"? Please do me a favor.

: Thank you.

: Mei

I've never heard the phrase. Here's what an online dictionary says about "tension."

From Merriam Webster online at

Main Entry: 1 ten·sion
Pronunciation: 'ten(t)-sh&n
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle French or Latin; Middle French, from Latin tension-, tensio, from tendere
Date: 1533
1 a : the act or action of stretching or the condition or degree of being stretched to stiffness : TAUTNESS b : STRESS 1b
2 a : either of two balancing forces causing or tending to cause extension b : the stress resulting from the elongation of an elastic body
3 a : inner striving, unrest, or imbalance often with physiological indication of emotion b : a state of latent hostility or opposition between individuals or groups c : a balance maintained in an artistic work between opposing forces or elements
4 : a device to produce a desired tension (as in a loom)
- ten·sion·al /'ten(t)-sh(&-)n&l/ adjective
- ten·sion·less /'ten(t)-sh&n-l&s/ adjective