tenter

[ ten-ter ]
/ ˈtɛn tər /

noun

a framework on which cloth in the process of manufacture is stretched so it may set or dry evenly.
Obsolete. a tenterhook.

verb (used with object)

to stretch (cloth) on a tenter or tenters.

verb (used without object)

to be capable of being tentered.

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Origin of tenter

1300–50; Middle English tente to stretch (< Latin tentus, variant of tēnsus tense1) + -er1; replacing Middle English teyntur, of unclear derivation

OTHER WORDS FROM tenter

un·ten·tered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tenter

tenter
/ (ˈtɛntə) /

noun

a frame on which cloth is stretched during the manufacturing process in order that it may retain its shape while drying
a person who stretches cloth on a tenter

verb

(tr) to stretch (cloth) on a tenter

Word Origin for tenter

C14: from Medieval Latin tentōrium, from Latin tentus stretched, from tendere to stretch
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