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 for Tension rod
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tension \Ten"sion\, n. [L. tensio, from tendere, tensum, to
     stretch: cf. F. tension. See Tense, a.]
     1. 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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     2. Fig.: Extreme strain of mind or excitement of feeling;
        intense effort.
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     3. 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. --Gwilt.
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     4. (Mech.) 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
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     5. 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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     6. (Physics) 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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     7. (Elec.) 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 brace, or Tension member (Engin.), a brace or
        member designed to resist tension, or subjected to
        tension, in a structure.
     Tension rod (Engin.), an iron rod used as a tension member
        to strengthen timber or metal framework, roofs, or the
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