1. A framework on which milled cloth is stretched for drying without shrinkage.
2. Archaic A tenterhook.
tr.v. ten·tered, ten·ter·ing, ten·ters
To stretch (cloth) on a tenter.
[Middle English teyntur, tentour, probably ultimately from Latin tentōrium, shelter made of stretched skins, from tendere, to stretch; see TENT1.]
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