- Tent means a shelter made of canvas or fabric that gets stretched over poles and attached to stakes.
An example of tent used as an adjective is the phrase "tent structure," which means a structure that resembles such a shelter.
- The definition of a tent is a portable shelter made of canvas or other material that is stretched over poles and held up by stakes, or a plug of gauze placed in an open wound to keep it open.
- An example of a tent is what campers sleep in.
- An example of a tent is a gauze plug placed in a bullet wound on the battlefield.
- Tent is defined as to lodge, live in or cover with canvas structures with metal poles and stakes for structure and support.
An example of tent is to camp out for a week.
- a portable shelter consisting of canvas, skins, etc. stretched over poles and attached to stakes
- anything suggestive of a tent, as an oxygen tent
Origin: Middle English from Old French tente from Classical Latin tenta, feminine past participle of tentus, alternative past participle of tendere, to stretch: see thin
- to lodge in tents
- to cover with or as if with a tent
Origin: Middle English tente from OFr, a probe from tenter, to try, test from Classical Latin tentare, variant, variety of temptare: see tempt
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- A portable shelter, as of canvas, stretched over a supporting framework of poles with ropes and pegs.
- Something resembling such a portable shelter in construction or outline: “her hair a dark tent, her face a thin triangle” (Anne Tyler).
- To form a tent over.
- To supply with or put up in tents.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French tente, from Vulgar Latin *tendita, from feminine past participle of Latin tendere, to stretch out; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
top to bottom: A-frame, pop, and umbrella tents
Origin: Middle English tente, from Old French, from tenter, to probe, from Latin tentāre, to feel, try; see tentative.
transitive verb tent·ed, tent·ing, tents Scots
- To pay heed to.
- To attend; wait on.
Origin: Middle English tenten, from tent, attention, short for attent, from Old French attente, from Vulgar Latin *attendita, from feminine past participle of Latin attendere, to wait on; see attend.