Etymology
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tenter (n.)

c. 1300, "wooden framework for stretching cloth," of uncertain origin, probably via Old French (but the evolution of the ending is obscure), and ultimately from Latin tentorium "tent made of stretched skins," from tentus "stretched," variant past participle of tendere "to stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch."

updated on April 17, 2017

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Definitions of tenter from WordNet

tenter (n.)
a framework with hooks used for stretching and drying cloth;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.