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tensile

Short Definition : capable of being stretched; of tension; Ex. tensile rubber

Definition
(adj) of or relating to tension
Example Sentence
  • tensile stress
  • tensile pull
Definition
(adj) capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
Example Sentence
  • ductile copper
  • malleable metals such as gold
  • they soaked the leather to made it pliable
  • pliant molten glass
  • made of highly tensile steel alloy
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Tensile and Ductile have one thing in common. They both refer to something that is easily strechable.

tension

Short Definition : stretching; condition of being stretched; mental strain; strained relationship between groups or people

Definition
(noun) (psychology) a state of mental or emotional strain or suspense
Synonyms : stress tenseness
Example Sentence
  • he suffered from fatigue and emotional tension
  • stress is a vasoconstrictor
Definition
(noun) the physical condition of being stretched or strained
Example Sentence
  • it places great tension on the leg muscles
  • he could feel the tenseness of her body
Definition
(noun) a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature)
Example Sentence
  • there is a tension created between narrative time and movie time
  • there is a tension between these approaches to understanding history
Definition
(noun) (physics) a stress that produces an elongation of an elastic physical body
Example Sentence
  • the direction of maximum tension moves asymptotically toward the direction of the shear
Definition
(noun) feelings of hostility that are not manifest
Synonyms : latent hostility
Example Sentence
  • he could sense her latent hostility to him
  • the diplomats' first concern was to reduce international tensions
Definition
(noun) the action of stretching something tight
Example Sentence
  • tension holds the belt in the pulleys
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tension

Tension and Confusion. Tension leads to a strained confusion of mind.

tentative

Short Definition : not fully worked out or developed; provisional; experimental; uncertain; hesitant; not definite or positive; Ex. tentative agreement/reply

Definition
(adj) under terms not final or fully worked out or agreed upon
Example Sentence
  • probationary employees
  • a provisional government
  • just a tentative schedule
Definition
(adj) unsettled in mind or opinion
Synonyms : doubtful
Example Sentence
  • drew a few tentative conclusions
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tentative

Living in a tent temporarily. If you are living in a tent, you are unsettled.

living in (tent) temporarily.if u are living in tent u are unsettled

Tentative is Relative to uncertainty, hesitancy.

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If you live in a TENT than you are without confidence or provisional about your location.

tenuous

Short Definition : thin; slim; rare

Definition
(adj) having thin consistency
Example Sentence
  • a tenuous fluid
Definition
(adj) very thin in gauge or diameter
Example Sentence
  • a tenuous thread
Definition
(adj) lacking substance or significance
Synonyms : flimsy fragile slight thin
Example Sentence
  • slight evidence
  • a tenuous argument
  • a thin plot
  • a fragile claim to fame
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tenuous

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this word sound very close to TENNIS....and most of the female TENNIS PLAYERS ARE VERY SLIM AND THIN...

TENUOUS can be split as TEN+US,so TEN of us goin to USa together,the chances are very SLIM and it'll be a RARITY

Tenuous comes from Attenuate. Attenuate means to make thin.

tenous...this word it extracted from Latin tenuis means...thin, slight...

split it "Ten+of+us". It is a rare possiblity that ten of us will accomodate in car

this word is delibrately mispronounced some times as tenyeas....tenyears....so your ten years daughter is very thin.........and slim.....

tenuous can be related to tension..in tension a person is weak....

Tenuous and Bulbous are rhyming words with different meanings. Tenuous is something slim or thin while Bulbous is something fat and round .

Read TENUOUS as 'TEN of U vs twO of US', so when ur only two against ten, u become "WEAK AND INSUBSTANTIAL"( Insubstantial : lacking strength and solidity ).

tenuous sounds like "Thin" and fragile

me playin TENNIS is a tenuous idea

TEN+US....the plane we hired to go to gre could manage only 10 people because the plane was TENUOUS

though ten of us are thin ,its very rare to fit in the car

TEN of US can only cook a TENUOUS dish... for too many cooks spoil the dish..

tenuous = tenis. tenis players(female) are thin and generally lack substance - they are more hype.

ten u or us:so doubtful,uncertain; tender: easily broken so must be thin

tenuous-sounds like strenuous. under strain we become fragile and thin

Tenuous sound like tender, and tender meat is soft/flimsy

think about Tin can which is thin

tenure

Short Definition : holding of an office or real estate; time during which such an office is held

Definition
(noun) the term during which some position is held Definition
(noun) the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands
Synonyms : land tenure
Definition
(verb) give life-time employment to
Example Sentence
  • She was tenured after she published her book
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tenure

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sounds like ten years..so you are holding an office for the last ten years.

Tenure and Ensure. The property owner Ensures against a fraudulent tenant by setting a lease period or a tenure for renting out his property.

U need MANURE for u'r Farm in u'r Real Estate which u have been holding from several time

from previous mnemonic....tenure=ten+your..it's yours from ten years and holding it...

tepid

Short Definition : lukewarm; slightly warm; half-hearted; not eager; Ex. tepid reaction to the new film; Ex. tepid supporter

Definition
(adj) moderately warm
Synonyms : lukewarm
Example Sentence
  • he hates lukewarm coffee
  • tepid bath water
Definition
(adj) feeling or showing little interest or enthusiasm
Example Sentence
  • a halfhearted effort
  • gave only lukewarm support to the candidate
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for tepid

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tepid sounds like torpid which is sluggish ie, inactive

te(tea) and pid(dip):ypu can dip ur hand into tea only when it is lukewarm

tepid..sounds like rapid....when u have half hearted approach for sth u do things rapidly..means u want to just finish ur work u have no interst in doing it...

~tea+Pee'd:: you can have hint from either TEA or PEE, in either case it's luke warm

Tepid can be thought of as "Tap" which gives lukewarm water..

tepid=tap+it....introducing the new "TAP IT gyser"...tap it once and u shall get LUKE WARM water...tap it twice and u shall get hot water.......:D

Tepid refers to something Mild, lukewarm or not too hot.

tepid = tea + pid; i.e. pid is having low control power which has little interest.

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