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Torsion vs. Tension — What's the Difference?

Torsion vs. Tension — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Torsion and Tension

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Torsion

The act of twisting or turning.
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Tension

The act or process of stretching something tight.
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Torsion

The condition of being twisted or turned.
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Tension

The condition of so being stretched; tautness.
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Torsion

The stress or deformation caused when one end of an object is twisted in one direction and the other end is held motionless or twisted in the opposite direction.
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Tension

A force tending to stretch or elongate something.
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Torsion

The act of turning or twisting, or the state of being twisted; the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of a lateral force tending to turn one end or part of it about a longitudinal axis, while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction.
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Tension

A measure of such a force
A tension on the cable of 50 pounds.
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Torsion

(mechanics) That force with which a thread, wire, or rod of any material returns, or tends to return, to a state of rest after it has been twisted; torsibility.
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Tension

Mental, emotional, or nervous strain
Working under great tension to make a deadline.
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Torsion

(surgery) The stopping of arterial haemorrhage in certain cases, by twisting the cut end of the artery.
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Tension

Barely controlled hostility or a strained relationship between people or groups
The dangerous tension between opposing military powers.
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Torsion

The act of turning or twisting, or the state of being twisted; the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of a lateral force tending to turn one end or part of it about a longitudinal axis, while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction.
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Tension

A balanced relation between strongly opposing elements
"the continuing, and essential, tension between two of the three branches of government, judicial and legislative" (Haynes Johnson).
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Torsion

That force with which a thread, wire, or rod of any material, returns, or tends to return, to a state of rest after it has been twisted; torsibility.
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Tension

The interplay of conflicting elements in a piece of literature, especially a poem.
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Torsion

A tortuous and twisted shape or position;
They built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs
The acrobat performed incredible contortions
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Tension

A device for regulating tautness, especially a device that controls the tautness of thread on a sewing machine or loom.
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Torsion

A twisting force
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Tension

(Electricity) Voltage or potential; electromotive force.
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Tension

To subject to tension; tighten.
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Tension

The condition of being held in a state between two or more forces, which are acting in opposition to each other.
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Tension

Psychological state of being tense.
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Tension

A feeling of nervousness, excitement, or fear that is created in a movie, book, etc.; suspense.
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Tension

State of an elastic object which is stretched in a way which increases its length.
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Tension

Force transmitted through a rope, string, cable, or similar object (used with prepositions on, in, or of, e.g., "The tension in the cable is 1000 N", to convey that the same magnitude of force applies to objects attached to both ends).
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Tension

Voltage. Usually only the terms low tension, high tension, and extra-high tension, and the abbreviations LT, HT, and EHT are used. They are not precisely defined; LT is normally a few volts, HT a few hundreds of volts, and EHT thousands of volts.
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Tension

To place an object in tension, to pull or place strain on.
We tensioned the cable until it snapped.
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Tension

The act of stretching or straining; the state of being stretched or strained to stiffness; the state of being bent strained; as, the tension of the muscles, tension of the larynx.
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Tension

Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling; intense effort.
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Tension

The degree of stretching to which a wire, cord, piece of timber, or the like, is strained by drawing it in the direction of its length; strain.
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Tension

The force by which a part is pulled when forming part of any system in equilibrium or in motion; as, the tension of a srting supporting a weight equals that weight.
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Tension

A device for checking the delivery of the thread in a sewing machine, so as to give the stitch the required degree of tightness.
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Tension

Expansive force; the force with which the particles of a body, as a gas, tend to recede from each other and occupy a larger space; elastic force; elasticity; as, the tension of vapor; the tension of air.
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Tension

The quality in consequence of which an electric charge tends to discharge itself, as into the air by a spark, or to pass from a body of greater to one of less electrical potential. It varies as the quantity of electricity upon a given area.
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Tension

Feelings of hostility that are not manifest;
He could sense her latent hostility to him
The diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions
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Tension

(psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense;
He suffered from fatigue and emotional tension
Stress is a vasoconstrictor
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Tension

The physical condition of being stretched or strained;
It places great tension on the leg muscles
He could feel the tenseness of her body
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Tension

A balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature);
There is a tension created between narrative time and movie time
There is a tension between these approaches to understanding history
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Tension

(physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body;
The direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear
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Tension

The action of stretching something tight;
Tension holds the belt in the pulleys
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