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tent

noun \ ˈtent \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of tent

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
2 : dwelling
3 a : 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

tentless

play \ˈtent-ləs\ adjective

tentlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of tent in a Sentence

  1. a huge tent was erected for the outdoor wedding reception

Recent Examples of tent from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of tent

Middle English tente, from Anglo-French, from Latin tenta, feminine of tentus, past participle of tendere to stretch — more at thin

tent Synonyms


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tent

verb

Definition of tent

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

Recent Examples of tent from the Web

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First Known Use of tent

circa 1608


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tent

verb

Definition of tent

transitive verb
chiefly Scotland
: to attend to

Origin and Etymology of tent

Middle English, from tent attention, short for attent, from Anglo-French atente, from atendre to attend



TENT Defined for English Language Learners

tent

noun

Definition of tent for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

tent

noun \ ˈtent \

Definition of tent for Students

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

Word Root of tent

The Latin word tendere, meaning to “stretch” or “to spread,” and its form tentus give us the roots tend, tent, and tens. Words from the Latin tendere have something to do with stretching or spreading. A tent is a temporary shelter made from stretched out fabric. To distend is to stretch outward and swell in all directions. To extend is to stretch out. A tendon is a cord that connects a muscle to another muscle or to a bone and that stretches allowing a joint to bend. Something tense is stretched tight.


Medical Dictionary

tent

noun \ ˈtent \

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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