- 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.
- something that resembles a tent.
- tent dress.
- to lodge in tents.
- to cover with or as if with a tent: In winter the tennis courts are tented inplastic.
- to live in a tent; encamp.
Origin of tent1
- to give or pay attention to; heed.
Origin of tent2
- a probe.
- a roll or pledget, usually of soft absorbent material, as lint or gauze, for dilating an orifice, keeping a wound open, etc.
- to keep (a wound) open with a tent.
Origin of tent3
Examples from the Web for tenting
You will find them tenting out at the Métropole and all the expensive hotels.One Day's Courtship
Chief interests: painting, tenting, canoeing, and hunting in Maine.
But ever since there was only marching, tenting, suffering, and fatigue—and fatigue—and fatigue.The Long Roll
There was another Indian in company with us, but tenting by himself (and his family).La Ronge Journal, 1823
Any shell holes in the roofs and walls are stopped with sections of tenting.The Note-Book of an Attache
Eric Fisher Wood
- a portable shelter of canvas, plastic, or other waterproof material supported on poles and fastened to the ground by pegs and ropes
- (as modifier)tent peg
- something resembling this in function or shape
- (intr) to camp in a tent
- (tr) to cover with or as if with a tent or tents
- (tr) to provide with a tent as shelter
- a plug of soft material for insertion into a bodily canal, etc, to dilate it or maintain its patency
- (tr) to insert such a plug into (a bodily canal, etc)
- obsolete a red table wine from Alicante, Spain
- heed; attention
- to pay attention to; take notice of
- to attend to
Word Origin and History for tenting
"to camp in a tent," 1856, from tent (n.). Related: Tented; tenting.
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.