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ˈtɛn tərˌhʊkten·ter·hook

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  1. tenterhooknoun

    one of a series of hooks used to hold cloth on a tenter


  1. tenterhooknoun

    one of a series of hooks used to stretch cloth on a tenter


  1. Tenterhook

    Tenterhooks are hooks in a device called a tenter. Tenters were originally large wooden frames which were used as far back as the 14th century in the process of making woollen cloth. After a piece of cloth was woven, it still contained oil from the fleece and some dirt. A craftsperson called a fuller cleaned the woollen cloth in a fulling mill, and then had to dry it carefully or the woollen fabric would shrink. To prevent this shrinkage, the fuller would place the wet cloth on a tenter, and leave it to dry outdoors. The lengths of wet cloth were stretched on the tenter using tenterhooks all around the perimeter of the frame to which the cloth's edges were fixed, so that as it dried the cloth would retain its shape and size. In some manufacturing areas, entire tenter-fields, larger open spaces full of tenters, were once common. By the mid-18th century, the phrase "on tenterhooks" came to mean being in a state of tension, uneasiness, anxiety, or suspense, i.e. figuratively stretched like the cloth on the tenter. The word tenter is still used today to refer to production line machinery employed to stretch polyester films and similar fabrics. The spelling "stenter" is also found.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenterhook in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tenterhook in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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