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tent1

[tent] /tɛnt/
noun
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to lodge in tents.
5.
to cover with or as if with a tent:
In winter the tennis courts are tented inplastic.
verb (used without object)
6.
to live in a tent; encamp.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English tente < Old French < Latin tenta, feminine of tentus past participle of tendere to extend, stretch; compare tentōrium tent
Related forms
tentless, adjective
tentlike, adjective

tent2

[tent] /tɛnt/
verb (used with object), Chiefly Scot.
1.
to give or pay attention to; heed.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English, derivative of tent (noun) attention, aphetic variant of attent < Old French atente attention, intention < Latin attenta, feminine of attentus, past participle of attendere to attend

tent3

[tent] /tɛnt/
noun
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.
verb (used with object)
3.
to keep (a wound) open with a tent.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English tente a probe < Middle French, noun derivative of tenter < Latin tentāre, variant of temptāre to probe, test. See tempt
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Examples from the web for tent
  • If you can sew your clothing, you could make much better insulating clothing, much better tent structures to shelter.
  • He took up shelter in a canvas tent provided to all the arriving refugees.
  • For proof, one need only to have visited the hospital field tent.
  • The peers chose their reviewers from their own tent.
  • In these cases, the human was made invisible by a tent or sleeping bag, or attempted to retake food from the bear.
  • But it's nothing compared to the sight of a leaky stove turning into a bonfire inside my tent.
  • What she has in mind is a big tent, one that doesn't exclude fancy toys or snappy musical productions.
  • We answered a request to tighten some tent ropes, and then moved furniture from a nearby lobby into a remodeled office.
  • Don't leave food or any other scented item in your tent or unattended at your site.
  • Enjoy sophisticated food in an unusual setting: under a garden tent.
British Dictionary definitions for tent

tent1

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
  1. a portable shelter of canvas, plastic, or other waterproof material supported on poles and fastened to the ground by pegs and ropes
  2. (as modifier): tent peg
2.
something resembling this in function or shape
verb
3.
(intransitive) to camp in a tent
4.
(transitive) to cover with or as if with a tent or tents
5.
(transitive) to provide with a tent as shelter
Derived Forms
tented, adjective
tentless, adjective
tentlike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tente, from Latin tentōrium something stretched out, from tendere to stretch

tent2

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
a plug of soft material for insertion into a bodily canal, etc, to dilate it or maintain its patency
verb
2.
(transitive) to insert such a plug into (a bodily canal, etc)
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: a probe): from Old French tente (noun), ultimately from Latin temptāre to try; see tempt

tent3

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
(obsolete) a red table wine from Alicante, Spain
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish tinto dark-coloured; see tint

tent4

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
heed; attention
verb (transitive)
2.
to pay attention to; take notice of
3.
to attend to
Derived Forms
tenter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from attentattend and intent
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Word Origin and History for tent
n.

c.1300, "portable shelter of skins or cloths stretched over poles," from Old French tente (12c.), from Medieval Latin tenta "a tent," noun use of fem. singular of Latin tentus "stretched," variant past participle of tendere "to stretch" (see tenet). The notion is of "stretching" hides over a framework. Tent caterpillar first recorded 1854.

v.

"to camp in a tent," 1856, from tent (n.). Related: Tented; tenting.

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tent in Medicine

tent 1 (těnt)
n.
A canopy used in various types of inhalation therapy to control the humidity and oxygen concentration of inspired air.

tent 2
n.
A small, cylindrical plug of lint or gauze used to keep open or probe a wound or an orifice. v. tent·ed, tent·ing, tents
To keep a wound or an orifice open with such a plug.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tent

tent

Related Terms

pup tent


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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tent in the Bible

(1.) Heb. 'ohel (Gen. 9:21, 27). This word is used also of a dwelling or habitation (1 Kings 8:66; Isa. 16:5; Jer. 4:20), and of the temple (Ezek. 41:1). When used of the tabernacle, as in 1 Kings 1:39, it denotes the covering of goat's hair which was placed over the mishcan. (2.) Heb. mishcan (Cant. 1:8), used also of a dwelling (Job 18:21; Ps. 87:2), the grave (Isa. 22:16; comp. 14:18), the temple (Ps. 46:4; 84:2; 132:5), and of the tabernacle (Ex. 25:9; 26:1; 40:9; Num. 1:50, 53; 10:11). When distinguished from 'ohel, it denotes the twelve interior curtains which lay upon the framework of the tabernacle (q.v.). (3.) Heb. kubbah (Num. 25:8), a dome-like tent devoted to the impure worship of Baal-peor. (4.) Heb. succah (2 Sam. 11:11), a tent or booth made of green boughs or branches (see Gen. 33:17; Lev. 23:34, 42; Ps. 18:11; Jonah 4:5; Isa. 4:6; Neh. 8:15-17, where the word is variously rendered). Jubal was "the father of such as dwell in tents" (Gen. 4:20). The patriarchs were "dwellers in tents" (Gen. 9:21, 27; 12:8; 13:12; 26:17); and during their wilderness wanderings all Israel dwelt in tents (Ex. 16:16; Deut. 33:18; Josh. 7:24). Tents have always occupied a prominent place in Eastern life (1 Sam. 17:54; 2 Kings 7:7; Ps. 120:5; Cant. 1:5). Paul the apostle's occupation was that of a tent-maker (Acts 18:3); i.e., perhaps a maker of tent cloth.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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