tent

tent1
tentless, adj.tentlike, adj.
/tent/, n.
1. a portable shelter of skins, canvas, plastic, or the like, supported by one or more poles or a frame and often secured by ropes fastened to pegs in the ground.
2. something that resembles a tent.
3. tent dress.
v.t.
4. to lodge in tents.
5. to cover with or as if with a tent: In winter the tennis courts are tented inplastic.
v.i.
6. to live in a tent; encamp.
[1250-1300; ME tente < OF < L tenta, fem. of tentus ptp. of tendere to extend, stretch; cf. tentorium tent]
tent2
/tent/, v.t. Chiefly Scot.
to give or pay attention to; heed.
[1250-1300; ME, deriv. of tent (n.) attention, aph. var. of attent < OF atente attention, intention < L attenta, fem. of attentus, ptp. of attendere to ATTEND]
tent3
/tent/, Surg.
n.
1. a probe.
2. a roll or pledget, usually of soft absorbent material, as lint or gauze, for dilating an orifice, keeping a wound open, etc.
v.t.
3. to keep (a wound) open with a tent.
[1325-75; ME tente a probe < MF, n. deriv. of tenter < L tentare, var. of temptare to probe, test. See TEMPT]

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(as used in expressions)
tent government

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▪ portable shelter
      portable shelter, consisting of a rigid framework covered by some flexible substance. Tents are used for a wide variety of purposes, including recreation, exploration, military encampment, and public gatherings such as circuses, religious services, theatrical performances, and exhibitions of plants or livestock. Tents have also been the dwelling places of most of the nomadic peoples (nomadism) of the world, from ancient civilizations such as the Assyrian to the 20th-century Bedouins of North Africa and the Middle East. American Indians (American Indian) developed two types of tent, the conical tepee and the arched wickiup, the latter constructed of thin branches or poles covered with bark or animal hides.

      The simplest form of tent is an extremely portable type carried by individual soldiers in the field. When erected, it consists of a low pyramid, formed by a short, diagonally set pole at either end supporting two lengths of cloth joined together at the top and pegged into the ground at the bottom. This is a primitive form of the popular pyramidal A-shaped tent. A long-common tent, the conical bell tent, has a single large vertical pole at its centre and is circular at ground level. The tepee (q.v.) is a variant of this design. Other kinds of tent include the wall tent, an A-shaped tent raised to accommodate straight, vertical walls beneath the slope of the pyramid; the Baker tent, which is a rectangular fabric lean-to with an open front protected by a projecting horizontal flap; the umbrella tent, which was originally made with internal supporting arms like an umbrella but which later became widely popular with external framing of hollow aluminum; and the cabin tent, resembling a wall tent with walls four to six feet high. Special tent designs include mountain tents, which are designed compactly for use in conditions of extreme cold and heavy snow, and back-packing tents, which use extremely lightweight synthetic fabrics and lightweight metal poles. “Pop” tents are designed with spring-loaded frames that erect the tent automatically when released; these are usually hemispheric in shape.

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  • Tent — Tent, v. t. [OF. tenter. See {Tempt}.] To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent; as, to tent a wound. Used also figuratively. [1913 Webster] I ll tent him to the quick. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • tent — [tent] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: tente, from Latin tenta, from the past participle of tendere; TEND] a shelter consisting of a sheet of cloth supported by poles and ropes, used especially for camping ▪ We looked for a flat spot… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Tent — Tent, n. [F. tente. See {Tent} to probe.] (Surg.) (a) A roll of lint or linen, or a conical or cylindrical piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly to dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a wound, or to absorb discharges.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tent — c.1300, portable shelter of skins or cloths stretched over poles, from O.Fr. tente (12c.), from M.L. tenta a tent, noun use of fem. sing. of L. tentus stretched, variant pp. of tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). The notion is of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tent — Tent, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tenting}.] To lodge as a tent; to tabernacle. Shak. [1913 Webster] We re tenting to night on the old camp ground. W. Kittredge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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