A framework on which fabric can be held taut for drying or other treatment during manufacture.‘Le Balle was also one of the places where fullers set up tenters used to stretch out cloth to dry.’
- ‘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.’
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’.