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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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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Past participle: tentered
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|Noun||1.||tenter - a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth|
framework - a structure supporting or containing something
tenterhook - one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter
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