tenter

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

untentered, adjective
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tent4 (tɛnt)
 
n
1.  heed; attention
 
vb
2.  to pay attention to; take notice of
3.  to attend to
 
[C14: from attentattend and intent]
 
'tenter4
 
n

tenter (ˈtɛntə)
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr) to stretch (cloth) on a tenter
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin tentōrium, from Latin tentus stretched, from tendere to stretch]

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tenter
c.1300, "wooden framework for stretching cloth," via O.Fr. (the evolution of the ending is obscure), probably ultimately from L. tentorium "tent made of stretched skins," from tentus "stretched," variant pp. of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).
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Apparently a tenter is a wooden frame for stretching cloth.
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