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Tenter  n.  
One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
(Mach.) A kind of governor.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Tenter" Quotes from Famous Books

... thaw. Nothing was seen of him till after tea-time, when he came limping in, very dirty and tired, but with a reposeful expression, which betrayed that a load was off his mind. Frank was busy about his own affairs and paid little attention to him, but Jill was on tenter-hooks to know where he had been, yet dared not ...
— Jack and Jill • Louisa May Alcott

... tenter-hooks all the week, I know, but I didn't know old Max had given in. Alec will be the next deserter from the ranks of the business men. Max may hang on through this season and next, but you'll see him with us the third, or I'll sacrifice my hat." ...
— Strawberry Acres • Grace S. Richmond

... hold all the mother's jewels and she's on tenter-hooks every three months, I can tell you! It is hard work for her to pay the interest on what I've lent her. Do you want to marry there, simpleton?" she added, addressing Gazonal; "then pay me forty francs and I'll talk four ...
— Unconscious Comedians • Honore de Balzac

... Loveday took him into the garden, all the while upon tenter-hooks, not lest Buonaparte should appear in their midst, but lest Bob should come whilst he was not there to receive him. When they had got into a corner Uncle Benjy said, 'Miller, what with the French, and what ...
— The Trumpet-Major • Thomas Hardy

... doubt (says Herbert) that Merchant Taylors were originally bona fide cutters-out and makers-up of clothes, or dealers in and importers of cloth, having tenter-grounds in Moorfields. The ancient London tailors made both men's and women's apparel, also soldiers' quilted surcoats, the padded lining of armour, and probably the trappings of war-horses. In the 27th year of Edward III. the Taylors contributed L20 towards the French wars, ...
— Old and New London - Volume I • Walter Thornbury

... were to be "y-touked," that is, dyed, it was done at this period, and it was then "y-tented," spread on the tenter-field and caught on tenter-hooks, to ...
— Home Life in Colonial Days • Alice Morse Earle

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