- The definition of a tenter is a frame to stretch cloth on for drying after it has been made so that it does not shrink.
An example of a tenter is a drying rack.
- Tenter is defined as to stretch clothing over something to dry.
An example of tenter is to stretch a damp shirt over a drying rack to avoid shrinkage as it drys.
- a frame on which cloth is stretched after having been milled, so as to dry evenly without shrinkingin full tenter frame
- Obsolete a tenterhook
Origin: Middle English tentoure, altered (infl. by tent, tent) from Middle French tendëure from tendre, to stretch: see tend
Origin: ME tenteren
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- A framework on which milled cloth is stretched for drying without shrinkage.
- Archaic A tenterhook.
Origin: Middle English teyntur, tentour, probably ultimately from Latin tentōrium, shelter made of stretched skins, from tendere, to stretch; see tent1.