An open-width fabric-finishing machine in which the selvedges of a textile fabric are held by a pair of endless travelling chains maintaining weft tension.
Note 1: Attachment may be by pins (pin stenter) or clips (clip stenter).
Note 2: Such machines are used for:
(b) heat-setting of thermoplastic material,
(c) fixation of chemical finishes.
Used as a verb, to pass through a stenter
Textile Resource (http://www.textile.org.uk)