What is another word for tense?

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Adjective
Physically unyielding, taut or stiff
“She sighed and stretched her tense muscles.”
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Causing or characterized by anxiety and nervousness
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“The silence was an intangible tense feeling in the air.”
Adjective
Characterized by, or tending to cause, agitation or anxiety
“The tense atmosphere of the talks.”
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Marked by a likelihood to threaten the safety of a person or persons
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Showing anger easily or customarily
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Striking in appearance or effect
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Having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement
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Causing mental or emotional stress
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Not easily bent or changed in shape
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Causing distress or embarrassment
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Full of knots, knotty
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Tense and pale from cold, worry, or hunger
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Sensitive
Verb
To draw or make tight or taut
“You have to be able to tense your body and keep the defender from getting around you.”
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To ready oneself for a challenging experience
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To cause mental or emotional strain or tension in
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To make hump-shaped
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To (excessively) exert oneself for a particular task, purpose or goal
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