tent

noun
\ ˈtent \

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
2 : dwelling
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

tent

verb (1)
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

tent

verb (2)
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 \ adjective
tentlike \ ˈtent-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for tent

Synonyms: Noun

awning, canopy, ceiling, cover, roof

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Examples of tent in a Sentence

Noun

a huge tent was erected for the outdoor wedding reception

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Visitors are greeted by life-size elephant mannequins, massive thrones, canopies, tents, palanquins, swings and swords that impress by their sheer weightiness. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 They can be used as a tent, as ground cover, to catch rainwater, to patch holes, for a trap, and even to drag back heavy animals. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "What doomsday preppers are buying this Black Friday," 21 Nov. 2018 The collection boasts incredible pieces, such as George Washington’s headquarters tent, Patrick Henry’s law books, and firearms and drums from the 1700s. Juliet Izon, Country Living, "7 Patriotic Sights to Take In on the Ultimate Philadelphia Road Trip," 15 Nov. 2018 Water is pumped from tanks and carried in buckets across dusty gravel to filthy, overcrowded tents. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Each backpack was evaluated using the same 35-pound load of overnight gear: sleeping bag and pad, tent, cooking kit, food, clothes, and accessories; then carried it for at least five continuous miles. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 BALTIMORE ARTS FESTIVAL Arts lovers of all ages flock to Baltimore in July for Artscape, a three-day arts spectacular taking place in outdoor tents, exhibition spaces, and various performing arts venues throughout city neighborhoods (July 20-22). Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018 In one of the more remarkable lidar finds, Gheyle identified traces of where a small group of Allied soldiers made camp for the night, including the protective sandbags around the tents, in a copse of trees some seven miles behind the front. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Under the shade of a tent, kids and their parents played the day away — perhaps to fit with the more laid-back atmosphere of this year's festival. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires Day 1 recap: The 'mystery' lineup is released, and some reply, 'Meh'," 6 July 2018

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

Verb (2)

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

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

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tent

noun

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

noun
\ ˈtent \

Kids Definition of tent

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

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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