Definitions for: Tent


[n] a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs); "he pitched his tent near the creek"
[v] live in or as if in a tent; "Can we go camping again this summer?"; "The circus tented near the town"; "The houseguests had to camp in the living room"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tent, n. [Sp. tinto, properly, deep-colored, fr. L.
tinctus, p. p. of tingere to dye. See Tinge, and cf.
Tint, Tinto.]
A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or
Malaga in Spain; -- called also tent wine, and tinta.


Tent, n. [Cf. Attent, n.]
1. Attention; regard, care. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
--Lydgate.

2. Intention; design. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.


Tent, v. t.
To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder. [Prov.
Eng. & Scot.] --Halliwell.


Tent, v. t. [OF. tenter. See Tempt.]
To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent;
as, to tent a wound. Used also figuratively.

I'll tent him to the quick. --Shak.


Tent, n. [F. tente. See Tent to probe.] (Surg.)
(a) A roll of lint or linen, or a conical or cylindrical
piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly to
dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a
wound, or to absorb discharges.
(b) A probe for searching a wound.

The tent that searches To the bottom of the worst.
--Shak.


Tent, n. [OE. tente, F. tente, LL. tenta, fr. L. tendere,
tentum, to stretch. See Tend to move, and cf. Tent a roll
of lint.]
1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas,
or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, --
used for sheltering persons from the weather, especially
soldiers in camp.

Within his tent, large as is a barn. --Chaucer.

2. (Her.) The representation of a tent used as a bearing.

Tent bed, a high-post bedstead curtained with a tentlike
canopy.

Tent caterpillar (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
gregarious caterpillars which construct on trees large
silken webs into which they retreat when at rest. Some of
the species are very destructive to fruit trees. The most
common American species is the larva of a bombycid moth
(Clisiocampa Americana). Called also {lackery
caterpillar}, and webworm.


Tent, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Tented; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tenting.]
To lodge as a tent; to tabernacle. --Shak.

We 're tenting to-night on the old camp ground. --W.
Kittredge.

Synonyms: bivouac, camp, camp out, collapsible shelter, encamp

See Also: backpacking tent, bell tent, cabana, canvas, canvas tent, canvass, cottage tent, domicile, domiciliate, dwell, fly tent, guy, guy cable, guy rope, inhabit, lean-to tent, live, marquee, mountain tent, pack tent, pavilion, people, pop tent, populate, praetorium, pretorium, pup tent, pyramidal tent, reside, sealskin tent, shack, shelter, shelter tent, teepee, tepee, tipi, tupek, tupik, two-man tent, umbrella tent

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