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tense: adj. Of programs, very clever and efficient. A tense piece
   of code often got that way because it was highly bummed, but
   sometimes it was just based on a great idea.  A comment in a clever
   routine by Mike Kazar, once a grad-student hacker at CMU: "This
   routine is so tense it will bring tears to your eyes."  A tense
   programmer is one who produces tense code.