verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tenter
Examples from the Web for tenter
I always felt on tenter hooks in her presence, from the very first date of our acquaintanceship.She and I, Volume 1|John Conroy Hutcheson
Every one was on tenter hooks to see how she would be greeted by the grateful Emperor.The Princess Virginia|C. N. Williamson
Sometimes the Tenter, instead of standing with one foot in the Den, stands as far off the prisoner as the prisoner can spit.
If the Tenter is thus caught tripping, the prisoner can escape from the Den.
She thus becomes a tenter or helper, and fetches the weft, carries away the finished goods, sweeps and cleans.Women in Modern Industry|B. L. Hutchins
British Dictionary definitions for tenter
Word Origin for tenter
Word Origin and History for tenter
c.1300, "wooden framework for stretching cloth," via Old French (the evolution of the ending is obscure), probably ultimately from Latin tentorium "tent made of stretched skins," from tentus "stretched," variant past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).