tent

noun
\ ˈtent How to pronounce tent (audio) \

Definition of tent

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a collapsible shelter of fabric (such as nylon or canvas) stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping outdoors or as a temporary building
3a : something that resembles a tent or that serves as a shelter especially : a canopy or enclosure placed over the head and shoulders to retain vapors or oxygen being medically administered
b : the web of a tent caterpillar
tented; tenting; tents

Definition of tent (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to reside for the time being : lodge
2 : to live in a tent

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a tent
2 : to lodge in tents
tented; tenting; tents

Definition of tent (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

chiefly Scotland
: to attend to

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Other Words from tent

Noun

tentless \ ˈtent-​ləs How to pronounce tentless (audio) \ adjective
tentlike \ ˈtent-​ˌlīk How to pronounce tentlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for tent

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tent in a Sentence

Noun a huge tent was erected for the outdoor wedding reception
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once the sun comes out, the plastic tent must be opened so that the plants inside are not overheated. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "It’s time to seriously prepare your plants for the next San Antonio freeze," 21 Nov. 2019 Remove from oven, loosely tent with foil and let rest at least 15 minutes before carving. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Roast a turkey or dare to try another holiday bird this Thanksgiving," 21 Nov. 2019 Rooftop tents are among the 170 accessory items that will be available, McCullough says. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "'Pack mules': Land Rover Defender's return at Los Angeles Auto Show thrills off-road enthusiasts," 20 Nov. 2019 There will be an ISTA tent for participants to check-in. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Here's everything you need to know to attend (or avoid) Red for Ed Action Day," 18 Nov. 2019 Scherer infused the space with a sense of play, often to spectacular effect: a bedroom is draped floor to ceiling in floral curtains to create the feeling of living inside a lush, blossom-​laden tent. Shoko Wagner, House Beautiful, "This Charming Upstate Home Was Inspired by an Antiques Store," 18 Nov. 2019 People gathered around vendor tents trying to warm themselves against the chilly morning air. Sasha Digiulian, Outside Online, "Why Sasha DiGiulian Lobbies Congress in Her Free Time," 13 Nov. 2019 The apiary was inside a sealed tent, where scientists monitored the hives’ temperature, humidity, and hive weight, among other things. Wired, "Bees, Please: Stop Dying in Your Martian Simulator," 29 Oct. 2019 Fire shelters are used as a last resort and are aluminum tents that reflect heat and offer some amount of breathable air. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "Wildfire definitions: The fire-related terms you've always wondered about, explained," 28 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Leave a Note Shinde is one of Botswana’s iconic luxury tented camps, refurbished in 2015 and located on the edge of the permanent waters of the Okavango Delta. Condé Nast Traveler, "Shinde Enclave," 25 Aug. 2017 A rival group, the Worker’s Ex-Servicemen League, Communist vets at odds with Waters’s group, tented at 14th and D streets in Southwest Washington. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "The veterans were desperate. Gen. MacArthur ordered U.S. troops to attack them.," 28 July 2017 Sherwood’s home has been tented so that sulfuryl fluoride, a poisonous, odorless gas, can be sprayed inside. Bill Hanna, star-telegram, "Exterminating rare termites in Fort Worth home takes extreme measures," 27 June 2017 Outside, two tented stages will provide three days of musical performances. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Satchmo SummerFest announces lineup and a dance room with A/C," 27 June 2017 The design is suspended 30 feet above ground and features tented structures atop a mesh platform. Elizabeth Stamp, CNN, "The architects throwing out the rulebook on hotel design," 15 June 2017 One morning this week, Markowski watched workers hoeing the rich soil between rows of tobacco beneath acres of tenting on his family's West Suffield farm. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "Foreign Competition, Labor Costs Push Connecticut Shade Tobacco Farmers To The Edge," 15 June 2017 Like Top Gear, the car segments are filmed around the world, along with the addition of audience segments, thanks to the show's mobile tented studio. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "'Grand Tour' host Richard Hammond escapes fiery crash in Switzerland," 10 June 2017 The 37,000-acre spread will open its sixth tented camp, North Bank Camp, on the Blackfoot River this month. Compiled By Elaine Glusac, star-telegram.com, "Where to travel now if you’re yearning to explore the great outdoors," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of tent

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

circa 1608, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tent

Noun

Middle English tent, tente "collapsible shelter of animal skins or fabric used by nomads, shelter, dwelling," borrowed from Anglo-French tente, going back to Vulgar Latin *tenta, noun derivative from feminine of Latin tentus, tensus, past participle of tendere "to extend outward, stretch" (or from Vulgar Latin *tendita, re-formation of the participle) — more at tender entry 3

Verb (1)

derivative of tent entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English tenten "to look after, see to, watch over," noun derivative of tent, tente "intention, purpose, heed," short for entente, intente intent entry 1

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Time Traveler for tent

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The first known use of tent was in the 14th century

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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Tent.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tentless?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=tent0002. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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More Definitions for tent

tent

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How to pronounce tent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tent

: a portable shelter that is used outdoors, is made of cloth (such as canvas or nylon), and is held up with poles and ropes

tent

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\ ˈtent How to pronounce tent (audio) \

Kids Definition of tent

: a portable shelter (as of canvas) stretched and supported by poles

tent

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\ ˈtent How to pronounce tent (audio) \

Medical Definition of tent

: a canopy or enclosure placed over the head and shoulders to retain vapors or oxygen during medical administration

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