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1. A framework on which milled cloth is stretched for drying without shrinkage.
2. Archaic A tenterhook.
tr.v. ten·tered, ten·ter·ing, ten·ters
To stretch (cloth) on a tenter.
[Middle English teyntur, tentour, probably ultimately from Latin tentōrium, shelter made of stretched skins, from tendere, to stretch; see tent1.]
1. (Textiles) a frame on which cloth is stretched during the manufacturing process in order that it may retain its shape while drying
2. (Textiles) a person who stretches cloth on a tenter
(Textiles) (tr) to stretch (cloth) on a tenter
[C14: from Medieval Latin tentōrium, from Latin tentus stretched, from tendere to stretch]
1. a framework on which cloth in the process of manufacture is stretched so it may set or dry evenly.
2. Obs. a tenterhook.v.t.
3. to stretch (cloth) on a tenter.v.i.
4. to be capable of being tentered.
[1300–50; Middle English teyntur, perhaps < Anglo-French *tentur < Latin tentōrium tent; see tentorium]
Past participle: tentered