Main definitions of tenter in English

: tenter1tenter2

tenter1

noun

  • A framework on which fabric can be held taut for drying or other treatment during manufacture.

    • ‘On one town plan dating to 1610, an area north-west of the mill was known as Tenter Bank, and tenter frames were used for stretching cloth after it had been fulled and dyed.’
    • ‘Back in April 1864 the six-year-old John Wakefield planted the tree on Lower Tenter Fell where, for centuries, locally made cloth had been dried on tenter frames.’
    • ‘Le Balle was also one of the places where fullers set up tenters used to stretch out cloth to dry.’

Origin

Middle English: from medieval Latin tentorium, from tent- stretched, from the verb tendere.

Pronunciation:

tenter

/ˈtɛntə/

Main definitions of tenter in English

: tenter1tenter2

tenter2

noun

archaic
  • A person in charge of something, especially of machinery in a factory.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Scots and northern English dialect tent ‘pay attention’, apparently from Middle English attent ‘heed’.

Pronunciation:

tenter

/ˈtɛntə/