Definition of "tenter" [ten•ter]

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

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Use "tenter" in a sentence
  • "Lily, a regular "tenter," shot up freely, grew up a real tomboy, went a bit too far, in fact, Ma said: at Honolulu, for instance, on the road to"
  • "To prevent this shrinkage, the wet cloth would be placed on a large wooden frame, a "tenter", and left to dry outside."
  • "Those poor lads will now be on tenter hooks for the next 6months at least before the results of the enquiry are delivered."