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tensão tension, strain, stress
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stress n (mechanics)  (mecânica)tensão sf
 The stress on the bolt was the cause of the mechanical failure.
strain n (stress, pressure)  (pressão, estresse)tensão sf
   (medicina)irritabilidade sf
 The strain of working too many hours really affected him.
 A tensão de trabalhar tantas horas realmente o afetou.
strain n (tension)tensão sf
 You could note a strain between the two of them.
tension n (among people)  (entre pessoas)tensão sf
tension n (person's)  (de uma pessoa)tensão sf
tension n (pulled tight)  (bem esticado)tensão sf
stress n (force applied to a substance)  (força aplicada)tensão, pressão sf
 The bridge could handle the stress of a heavy truck.
pylon n (power mast)torre de alta tensão loc sf
slacken vtr (loosen)afrouxar vt
  aliviar a tensão loc vt
tautly adv (tightly)com tensão loc adv
  nervosamente advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
high pressure
(intense or stressful situation)  (situação estressante)alta pressão, alta tensão loc sf
Note: hyphen used when term is an adj before a noun
 She has been working under high pressure to pass her exams.
high voltage n (high-power electricity)  (eletricidade)alta tensão loc sf
high voltage adj figurative (energetic, assertive )  (fig., energético, elétrico)de alta tensão loc adj
family tension n (hostility or disagreement within a family)tensão em família loc sf
 My mother disinherited my older brother and that has caused family tension.
surface tension tensão superficial
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