Definition of tenter in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Le Balle was also one of the places where fullers set up tenters used to stretch out cloth to dry.’
    • ‘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.’


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