- Tense suggests a tightness or tautness that results in great strain tense muscles See also syn. study at drunk.
- Taut (and often tight ) is applied to a rope, cord, cloth, etc. that is pulled or stretched to the point where there is no slackness taut sails
- Tight implies a constricting or binding encirclement a tight collar or such closeness or compactness of parts as to be impenetrable airtight