Meaning of tightness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʌɪtnɪs/

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mass noun
  • 1The quality of being fixed, fastened, or closed firmly.

    ‘the tightness of the seal was tested’
    • ‘the tightness of the knot’
    • ‘he increased the tightness of his hold’
    • ‘Her knuckles were white from the tightness of her fist around the handle.’
    • ‘If anything is impeding the tightness of the door's seal, you may have additional leakage.’
    • ‘The door and frame assemblies can be tested to achieve specific requirements of air tightness, water infiltration or gas tightness through the use of add-on seals.’
    • ‘The thickness of the threads and the tightness with which they are woven together affect the handling properties of the cloth, its stability, and texture.’
    • ‘Improvement in air tightness can paradoxically create problems in moisture retention, because the lack of air flow slows drying.’
    • ‘The construction is solid. Over the course of testing, the dials still have the same tightness to them.’
    1. 1.1The quality of being close-fitting.
      ‘he managed to make himself comfortable on the chair despite the tightness of his trousers’
      • ‘The tightness of the shirt brought her little breasts together.’
      • ‘The tightness, well, it shows off the figure of the woman, kind of like a subtle distraction.’
      • ‘The tightness of the central spindle means it's a devil of a thing to get the DVD out of safely.’
      • ‘He finally moved his eyes lower, down her neck to where the tightness of her tank top revealed each of her lines and curves of her breasts.’
      • ‘The tightness of their tapered trousers and their designer rollnecks make them look like 1960s mods.’
  • 2The state of being stretched.

    ‘you can vary the tightness of the knitting’
    • ‘the cook checked the ropes for tightness’
    • ‘I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer …’
    • ‘The symptoms of lymphoedema include tightness and stretching of the skin.’
    • ‘He picked a bow made out of strong holly and which had a slight tightness to the string.’
    • ‘Students control the shape of the basket by placing the center core rope in different positions and by the degree of tightness of the stitches.’
    • ‘Checking the tightness of the straps one last time, he headed back to the lobby.’
    1. 2.1A painful and constricted feeling in part of the body as a result of anxiety or illness.
      ‘he had an X-ray after complaining of tightness in his chest’
      • ‘the tightness in my throat returned’
      • ‘stretching will help prevent muscle tightness’
      • ‘The tightness returned, constricting her chest.’
      • ‘She reached over and scratched the back of his neck, surprised by the tightness she felt.’
      • ‘Dancers with prior injuries often need special exercises to correct residual tightness or weakness, to avoid reinjury.’
      • ‘She massaged my upper back and shoulders, where I am prone to pain and tightness.’
      • ‘She saw the tightness in the way the men were biting their lips, the stiff way they held their shoulders, the way their eyes darted from side to side.’
      • ‘I had been experiencing some tightness in my chest, some shortness of breath.’
      • ‘"She hasn't eaten anything in days …" Kathy explained, with a tightness around her mouth.’
    2. 2.2(of a person's muscles or skin) the quality of being firm or taut.
      ‘she felt the tightness of his bicep’
      • ‘a good moisturizer would preserve his skin's tightness’
    3. 2.3The quality of being well structured or disciplined.
      ‘the tightness of the argument’
      • ‘the strength in this adaptation lies in the tightness of the script’
      • ‘a film founded on tightness of plot’
      • ‘Many of the tracks have an almost uncomfortable tightness; it's easy to miss the messy passion of his previous bands.’
      • ‘The poems maybe don't have the urgency and tightness of the earlier work.’
      • ‘Their musicianship is flawless, their improvisation and unit tightness impressive, and their connection with the audience electric.’
      • ‘The lack of tightness in some entrances and exits give the show the appearance being under-rehearsed.’
      • ‘If criticism be found, it was in the lack of tightness of the performance, which could have used more definition.’
  • 3The state of having or allowing little room for manoeuvre.

    ‘the tightness of the space’
    • ‘Given the tightness of the site, planning is necessarily economical.’
    • ‘This area is very traditional and unspoilt, with the tightness of the valley restricting development.’
    • ‘In an elevator, the tightness of the space, the tension arising from keeping one's gaze from meeting another's; all contribute to the frisson that can sometimes accompany a ride.’
    • ‘Their ambush makes use of the tightness of the village - its narrow streets, irregular buildings, and convenient gangways between roofs - and turns the entire place into a huge boobytrap.’
    1. 3.1The state of changing direction sharply.
      ‘the tightness of the bends’
      • ‘Steam scalds the inside of your nostrils and you become aware of the tightness of the bends in the curves of your nasal passages.’
      • ‘Sections of varying gradient, width and tightness of turn follow, leading to a steep, narrow gully with a fiendishly sharp turn at its end.’
      • ‘The key to this look is uniformity - strive to make all the curls the same size and tightness.’
      • ‘Bendability is the tendency of DNA to bend toward the major groove, and the B-DNA twist determines the tightness of the DNA coil.’
      • ‘Turn 3 is the hardest due to the tightness of the corner.’
    2. 3.2The state of being limited or restricted.
      ‘we remain concerned about the tightness of resources’
      • ‘the tightness of my schedule kept me from playing tournaments’
      • ‘the extreme tightness in today's oil markets’
      • ‘Both regions are suffering from a severe and worsening tightness of power supply.’
      • ‘Expectations of wage increases are strongest in mining and services - perhaps reflecting labour market tightness in these industries.’
      • ‘Importantly, if this source of finance turns down, the resulting credit tightness will only further exacerbate credit losses and defaults.’
      • ‘While the company expects to meet forecasted demand, some tightness in inventory is possible.’
      • ‘I know it was probably because of the tightness of time, and the absorption in his own job, but it seemed to me very strange that he didn't want to go.’
  • 4The state of having a close relationship.

    ‘he speaks with greater impact because of his tightness with Washington’
    • ‘While the author presents a convincing argument for some relationship between military life and industrial life, the tightness of that relationship remains questionable.’
    • ‘I cherish that tightness and family feeling.’
    • ‘The band's guitars still crackle with all of the telepathic tightness of the old days.’
    • ‘The tightness of the bond is further implied by the elder Sicinius's determination to have Pudentilla remain in his family by marrying Sicinius Clarus.’
    • ‘I think the great thing that I've gotten from my parents and I've gotten from my extended family is a tightness, a family loyalty.’
  • 5The quality of having only a small margin between winner and loser.

    ‘the tightness of the game was very evident’
    • ‘Four states are of vital importance, because of their size and the tightness of the race there.’
    • ‘Given the tightness of the election, it's hard for even the most attentive voters to cut through the cacophony of spin, campaign blather, and last-minute scare tactics.’
    • ‘With six league games remaining, such is the tightness of the competition that, mathematically, both relegation and promotion still remain possibilities.’
    • ‘I guess what I'm really asking here - the tightness that's reflected in the polls, isn't it surprising that he isn't in a better position?’
    • ‘The tightness of the game was again very evident when they scored a goal to give them a two points lead once again.’