Main definitions of tenter in English

: tenter1tenter2

tenter1

noun

  • A framework on which fabric can be held taut for drying or other treatment during manufacture.

Pronunciation

tenter

/ˈten(t)ər/ /ˈtɛn(t)ər/

Origin

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

Main definitions of tenter in English

: tenter1tenter2

tenter2

noun

archaic
  • A person in charge of something, especially of machinery in a factory.

Pronunciation

tenter

/ˈten(t)ər/ /ˈtɛn(t)ər/

Origin

Early 19th century from Scots and northern English dialect tent ‘pay attention’, apparently from Middle English attent ‘heed’.