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tenter

[ten-ter] /ˈtɛn tər/
noun
1.
a framework on which cloth in the process of manufacture is stretched so it may set or dry evenly.
2.
Obsolete. a tenterhook.
verb (used with object)
3.
to stretch (cloth) on a tenter or tenters.
verb (used without object)
4.
to be capable of being tentered.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tente to stretch (< Latin tentus, variant of tēnsus tense1) + -er1; replacing Middle English teyntur, of unclear derivation
Related forms
untentered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tenter

tenter

/ˈtɛntə/
noun
1.
a frame on which cloth is stretched during the manufacturing process in order that it may retain its shape while drying
2.
a person who stretches cloth on a tenter
verb
3.
(transitive) to stretch (cloth) on a tenter
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin tentōrium, from Latin tentus stretched, from tendere to stretch
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Word Origin and History for tenter
n.

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).

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