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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To admit extension.
  • transitive v. To hang or stretch on, or as on, tenters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth


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)
Via Old French, perhaps from Latin tentorium. (Wiktionary)



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