American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A framework on which milled cloth is stretched for drying without shrinkage.
- n. Archaic A tenterhook.
- v. To stretch (cloth) on a tenter.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lives in a tent.
- n. A machine or frame used in the manufacture of cloth to stretch out the pieces of stuff, so that they may set or dry evenly and square. Along the upper and lower crosspieces, which can be fixed apart from each other at any required distance, are numerous sharp hooks, called
tenter-hooks, on which the selvages of the cloth are hooked.
- n. Same as tenter-hook.
- n. One of the little bristles of a fly's foot; a tentacle.
- To hang or stretch on or as on tenters.
- To support or resist the straining of the tenter; bear tentering.
- n. A tender; one who tends or has the care or oversight of something: as, a cattle-tenter; specifically, a person in a factory who tends or watches machinery; often, also, an overseer or foreman in a factory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
- n. (Mach.) A kind of governor.
- n. A machine or frame for stretching cloth by means of hooks, called
tenter-hooks, so that it may dry even and square.
- v. To admit extension.
- v. To hang or stretch on, or as on, tenters.
- n. a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth
- Via Old French, perhaps from Latin tentorium. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English teyntur, tentour, probably ultimately from Latin tentōrium, shelter made of stretched skins, from tendere, to stretch; see tent1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“To prevent this shrinkage, the wet cloth would be placed on a large wooden frame, a "tenter", and left to dry outside.”
“Those poor lads will now be on tenter hooks for the next 6months at least before the results of the enquiry are delivered.”
“English synonyms: to dicker, to bargain, to wrangle, to haggle, to higgle, to huckster marchander un prix = to negotiate a price tenter de marchander = to try to bargain”
“They are their own worst enemies; the ‘big tent’ is only so big, before you turn on your fellow ‘big tenter’.”
“If Coleman sees that his ship is sinking (like it is now), il va tenter son va-tout.”
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“He was not kept on the tenter-hooks of impatience an instant longer than the appointed moment arrived, for, even as the clock struck, Ambrose appeared at the door of the gallery, and made a sign that Alan should follow him.”
“Les Manufactures d'Indiennes, si communes à Marseilles qu'on y voit partout les ouvriers travailler dans les rues, attirerent mes regards, & c'est là d'où me vint l'idée de tenter d'imprimer les tableaux dans le même gout.”
“Bon et bien je vais tenter une note parce que je ne sais plus tres bien ou j'en suis avec tous ces problemes qui s'accumulent!”
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