Tenter meaning

tĕntər
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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.

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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.

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A framework on which milled cloth is stretched for drying without shrinkage.
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(archaic) A tenterhook.
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To stretch (cloth) on a tenter.
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A frame on which cloth is stretched after having been milled, so as to dry evenly without shrinking.
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(obs.) A tenterhook.
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To stretch (cloth) on a tenter or tenters.
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A framework upon which cloth is stretched and dried.
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One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
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(engineering) A kind of governor, or regulating device.
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To stretch cloth on such a framework.
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(intransitive) To admit extension; to be stretchable.
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Origin of tenter

  • Middle English teyntur, tentour probably ultimately from Latin tentōrium shelter made of stretched skins from tendere to stretch tent1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Old French, perhaps from Latin tentorium.

    From Wiktionary