tenter

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Via Old French, perhaps from Latin tentorium.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛn.təɹ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛntə(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

tenter (plural tenters)

  1. A framework upon which cloth is stretched and dried.
  2. One who takes care of, or tends, machines in a factory; a kind of assistant foreman.
  3. (engineering) A kind of governor, or regulating device.

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Verb[edit]

tenter (third-person singular simple present tenters, present participle tentering, simple past and past participle tentered)

  1. (transitive) To stretch cloth on such a framework.
  2. (intransitive) To admit extension; to be stretchable.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      Woollen cloth will tenter, linen scarcely.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French tenter, from Old French tempter, from Latin temptāre, present active infinitive of temptō.

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tenter

  1. (with de for verbs) to attempt
    L'ennemi tenta une attaque frontale.
    The enemy attempted a frontal attack.
    Le sultan tentait de se présenter comme un musulman pieux.
    The sultan attempted to present himself as a pious Muslim.
    Synonyms: essayer, entreprendre
  2. to tempt
    Le serpent tenta Ève.
    The serpent tempted Eve.
  3. to be desirable or interesting to; to be something one feels like doing
    Ça te tente de prendre une bière?
    Do you feel like having a beer?
    J'ai tellement de devoirs à faire mais ça ne me tente pas.
    I have so much homework to do, but I don't feel like it.

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Latin[edit]

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tenter

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of tentō

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin temptō, temptāre.

Verb[edit]

tenter

  1. (Jersey) to try

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