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Webster 1913 Edition


Tenter

Ten′ter

,
Noun.
1.
One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
2.
(Mach.)
A kind of governor.

Ten′ter

,
Noun.
[OE.
tenture
,
tentoure
, OF.
tenture
a stretching, spreading, F.
tenture
hangings, tapestry, from L.
tendere
,
tentum
, to stretch. See
Tend
to move.]
A machine or frame for stretching cloth by means of hooks, called tenter-hooks, so that it may dry even and square.

Ten′ter

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Tentered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Tentering
.]
To admit extension.
Woolen cloth will
tenter
, linen scarcely.
Bacon.

Ten′ter

,
Verb.
T.
To hang or stretch on, or as on, tenters.

Webster 1828 Edition


Tenter

TENT'ER

,
Noun.
[L. tendo, tentus, to stretch.]
A hook for stretching cloth on a frame.
To be on the tenters, to be on the stretch; to be in distress, uneasiness or suspense.

TENT'ER

,
Verb.
T.
To hang or stretch on tenters.

TENT'ER

,
Verb.
I.
To admit extension.
Woolen cloths will tenter.

Definition 2022


tenter

tenter

English

Noun

tenter (plural tenters)

  1. A framework upon which cloth is stretched and dried.
  2. One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
  3. (engineering) A kind of governor, or regulating device.

Verb

tenter (third-person singular simple present tenters, present participle tentering, simple past and past participle tentered)

  1. (transitive) To stretch cloth on such a framework.
  2. (intransitive) To admit extension; to be stretchable.
    • Francis Bacon
      Woollen cloth will tenter, linen scarcely.

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French

Etymology

From Latin temptāre, present active infinitive of temptō.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /tɑ̃.te/

Verb

tenter

  1. to tempt
  2. to try, risk

Conjugation

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Latin

Verb

tenter

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of tentō

Norman

Etymology

From Latin temptō, temptāre.

Verb

tenter

  1. (Jersey) to try

Synonyms