tent


tent

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.
  3. tent dress.

verb (used with object)

  1. to lodge in tents.
  2. to cover with or as if with a tent: In winter the tennis courts are tented inplastic.

verb (used without object)

  1. to live in a tent; encamp.

verb (used with object) Chiefly Scot.

  1. to give or pay attention to; heed.

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)

  1. to keep (a wound) open with a tent.

noun

    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
  1. something resembling this in function or shape

verb

  1. (intr) to camp in a tent
  2. (tr) to cover with or as if with a tent or tents
  3. (tr) to provide with a tent as shelter

noun

  1. a plug of soft material for insertion into a bodily canal, etc, to dilate it or maintain its patency

verb

  1. (tr) to insert such a plug into (a bodily canal, etc)

noun

  1. obsolete a red table wine from Alicante, Spain

noun

  1. heed; attention

verb (tr)

  1. to pay attention to; take notice of
  2. to attend to

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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