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Ground on which tenters are erected.


Stretching or hanging on tenters.

TENTH, a. [from ten.]

The ordinal of ten; the first after the ninth.


  1. The tenth part.
  2. Tithe; the tenth part of annual produce or increase. The tenth of income is payable to the clergy in England, as it was to the priests among the Israelites.
  3. In music, the octave of the third; an interval comprehending nine conjoint degrees, or ten sounds, diatonically divided. Busby.

TENTH'LY, adv.

In the tenth place.

TEN-TIG'IN-OUS, a. [L. tentigo, a stretching.]

Stiff; stretched. [Not in use.] Dict.

TENT'ING, ppr.

Probing; keeping open with a tent.

TENT'O-RY, n. [L. tentorium.]

The awning of a tent. Evelyn.

TENT'WORT, n. [tent and wort.]

A plant of the genus Asplenium.

TEN'U-ATE, v.t. [L. tenuo.]

To make thin.

TEN'U-A-TED, pp.

Made thin.

TEN'U-A-TING, ppr.

Making thin.

TEN-U-I-FO'LI-OUS, a. [L. tenuis and folium.]

Having thin or narrow leaves.

TE-NU'I-TY, n. [Fr. tenuité; L. tenuitas, from tenuis, thin. See Thin.]

  1. Thinness; smallness in diameter; exility; thinness, applied to a broad substance, and slenderness, applied to one that is long; as, the tenuity of paper or of a leaf; the tenuity of a hair or filament.
  2. Rarity; rareness; thinness; as of a fluid; as, the tensity of the air in the higher regions of the atmosphere; the tenuity of the blood. Bacon.
  3. Poverty. [Not in use.] K. Charles.

TEN'U-OUS, a. [L. tenuis.]

  1. Thin; small; minute. Brown.
  2. Rare.

TEN'URE, n. [Fr. from tenir, L. teneo, to hold.]

  1. A holding. In English law, the manner of holding lands and tenements of a superior. All the species of ancient tenures may be reduced to four, three of which subsist to this day. #1. Tenure by knight service, which was the most honorable. This is now abolished. #2. Tenure in free socage, or by a certain and determinate service, which is either free and honorable, or villein and base. #3. Tenure by copy of court roll, or copyhold tenure. #4. Tenure in ancient demain. There was also tenure in frankalmoign, or free arms. The tenure in free and common socage has absorbed most of the others. Blackstone. In the United States, almost all lands are held in fee simple; not of a superior, but the whole right and title to the property being vested in the owner. Tenure in general, then, is the particular manner of holding real estate, as by exclusive title or ownership, by fee simple, by fee tail, by curtesy, in dower, by copyhold, by lease, at will, &c.
  2. The consideration, condition or service which the occupier of land gives to his lord or superior for the use of his land.
  3. Manner of holding in general. In absolute governments, men hold their rights by a precarious tenure.

TEP-E-FAC'TION, n. [L. tepefacio; tepidus, warm, and facio, to make.]

The act or operation of warming, making tepid or moderately warm.

TEP'E-FI-ED, pp.

Made moderately warm.

TEP'E-FY, v.i.

To become moderately warm.

TEP'E-FY, v.t. [L. tepefacio.]

To make moderately warm. Goldsmith.

TEP'ID, a. [L. tepidus, from tepeo, to be warm; Russ. toplyu.]

Moderately warm; lukewarm; as, a tepid bath; tepid rays; tepid vapors. Tepid mineral waters, are such as have less sensible cold than common water. Cyc.


Moderate warmth; lukewarmness. Rambler.

TE'POR, n. [L.]

Gentle heat; moderate warmth. Arbuthnot.

TER'A-PHIM, n. [Heb.]

Household deities or images.

TER-A-TOL'O-GY, n.1 [Gr. τερας, a prodigy, and λογος, discourse.]

Boinbast in language; affectation of sublimity. [Not used.] Bailey.