What is the definition of Tension?

Tension (physics): may be described as a pulling force transmitted axially, or an action-reaction pair of forces acting at each end of a structure. For example, muscular tension is the result of contractile proteins attempting to pull a muscle to a shorter length while being resisted by joints, connective tissue and external loads. Often this may be visualized as a "stretching" or "lengthening" force resulting in "tautness". The rope in a game of tug-of-war is a good example.  


Related Terms

  • Compression
  • Shear force
  • Stress
  • Strain
  • Elasticity


  • Tautness
  • Stretching force
  • Pulling force
  • Axial force

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