One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
Middle English: from medieval Latin tentorium, from tent- ‘stretched’, from the verb tendere.
A person in charge of something, especially of machinery in a factory.
Early 19th century: from Scots and northern English dialect tent ‘pay attention’, apparently from Middle English attent ‘heed’.
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