Pension vs Tension - What's the difference?

pension | tension |

As nouns the difference between pension and tension

is that pension is guesthouse while tension is tension.




(en noun)
  • A gratuity paid regularly as benefit due to a person in consideration of past services; notably to one retired from service, on account of retirement age, disability or similar cause; especially, a regular stipend paid by a government to retired public officers, disabled soldiers; sometimes passed on to the heirs, or even specifically for them, as to the families of soldiers killed in service.
  • ''Pensioners depend on their pension to pay the bills
  • A stated regular allowance by way of patronage or subsidy, e.g. to meritorious artists, or the like.
  • Accommodations or the payment for accommodations, especially at a boarding house or small hotel in Europe.
  • A boarding house or small hotel, as in continental Europe, which offers lodging and certain meals and services.
  • A pension had somewhat less to offer than a hotel; it was always smaller, and never elegant; it sometimes offered breakfast, and sometimes not (John Irving).
  • (dated) A boarding school in France, Belgium, Switzerland, etc.
  • (archaic) A wage in active service
  • Synonyms

    * (regularly paid gratuity) superannuation * (boarding house) hotel, hostel , (informal) bed and breakfast * (payment for accommodations) rent

    Derived terms

    * pensionary * pensioner * pension fund * pensionless * full pension


    (en verb) (transitive)
  • To grant a pension
  • To force someone to retire on a pension.
  • Synonyms

    * (to force to retire) pension off

    Derived terms

    * pensionable




    (en noun)
  • Condition of being held in a state between two or more forces, which are acting in opposition to each other
  • Psychological state of being tense.
  • (physics, engineering) State of an elastic object which is stretched in a way which increases its length.
  • (physics, engineering) Force transmitted through a rope, string, cable, or similar object (used with prepositions on'', ''in'', or ''of , e.g., "The tension in the cable is 1000 N", to convey that the same magnitude of force applies to objects attached to both ends).
  • (physics, engineering) Voltage. Usually only the terms low tension, high tension, and extra-high tension, and the abbreviations LT, HT, and EHT are used. They are not precisely defined; LT is normally a few volts, HT a few hundreds of volts, and EHT thousands of volts.
  • Verb

  • To place an object in tension, to pull or place strain on.
  • We tensioned the cable until it snapped.


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