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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A framework on which milled cloth is stretched for drying without shrinkage.
  • noun Archaic A tenterhook.
  • transitive verb To stretch (cloth) on a tenter.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who lives in a tent.
  • To hang or stretch on or as on tenters.
  • To support or resist the straining of the tenter; bear tentering.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Same as tenter-hook.
  • noun One of the little bristles of a fly's foot; a tentacle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
  • noun (Mach.) A kind of governor.
  • transitive verb To hang or stretch on, or as on, tenters.
  • noun A machine or frame for stretching cloth by means of hooks, called tenter-hooks, so that it may dry even and square.
  • noun a place where tenters are erected.
  • noun a sharp, hooked nail used for fastening cloth on a tenter.
  • noun to be on the stretch; to be in distress, uneasiness, or suspense.
  • intransitive verb To admit extension.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A framework upon which cloth is stretched and dried.
  • verb To stretch cloth on such a framework.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English teyntur, tentour, probably ultimately from Latin tentōrium, shelter made of stretched skins, from tendere, to stretch; see tent.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Via Old French, perhaps from Latin tentorium.

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