Stenter; tenter

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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:

(a) drying,

(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)

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