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.(noun)
Tent means a shelter made of canvas or fabric that gets stretched over poles and attached to stakes.(adjective)
An example of tent used as an adjective is the phrase "tent structure," which means a structure that resembles such a shelter.
Tent is defined as to lodge, live in or cover with canvas structures with metal poles and stakes for structure and support.(verb)
An example of tent is to camp out for a week.
See tent in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr tente < L tenta, fem. pp. of tentus, alt. pp. of tendere, to stretch: see thin
Origin: ME tente < OFr, a probe < tenter, to try, test < L tentare, var. of temptare: see tempt
See tent in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French tente
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *tendita
Origin: , 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
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from tenter, to probe
Origin: , from Latin tentāre, to feel, try; see tentative.
transitive verb tent·ed, tent·ing, tents
Origin: Middle English tenten
Origin: , from tent, attention
Origin: , short for attent
Origin: , from Old French attente
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *attendita
Origin: , from feminine past participle of Latin attendere, to wait on; see attend.
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