Every one was on tenter hooks to see how she would be greeted by the grateful Emperor.
tenter de s'lever le long de ses parois, qui ne prsentaient aucune saillie, tait impraticable.
Whenever the lantern was filled, the tenter carried the roving to a simple machine, where it was wound upon bobbins by hand.
At one kind two girls sit, each watching an edge of the cloth and keeping it straight on the tenter hooks, so it will feed evenly.
tenter, ten′tėr, n. a machine for extending or stretching cloth on by hooks.
Sometimes hooks were used, from which we get the phrase 'to be on tenter hooks'—to be on a stretch with anxiety.
I'm on tenter hooks to know whether I shall have a Reprimand, or a bad conduct mark in my report.
Too near for reflection; too far for intervention: on tenter hooks, in fact; a sort of mental crucifixion.
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.
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).