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tent1

[tent] /tɛnt/
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to lodge in tents.
5.
to cover with or as if with a tent:
In winter the tennis courts are tented inplastic.
verb (used without object)
6.
to live in a tent; encamp.
Origin of tent1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English tente < Old French < Latin tenta, feminine of tentus past participle of tendere to extend, stretch; compare tentōrium tent
Related forms
tentless, adjective
tentlike, adjective

tent2

[tent] /tɛnt/
verb (used with object), Chiefly Scot.
1.
to give or pay attention to; heed.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English, derivative of tent (noun) attention, aphetic variant of attent < Old French atente attention, intention < Latin attenta, feminine of attentus, past participle of attendere to attend

tent3

[tent] /tɛnt/ Surgery
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)
3.
to keep (a wound) open with a tent.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English tente a probe < Middle French, noun derivative of tenter < Latin tentāre, variant of temptāre to probe, test. See tempt
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Examples from the Web for tenting
Historical Examples
  • You will find them tenting out at the Métropole and all the expensive hotels.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • 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 Mary Johnston
  • There was another Indian in company with us, but tenting by himself (and his family).

    La Ronge Journal, 1823 George Nelson
  • Any shell holes in the roofs and walls are stopped with sections of tenting.

    The Note-Book of an Attache Eric Fisher Wood
  • Thorpe imagined she referred to the rest of the tenting party.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Its tenting once more on the old campground for us, fellows.

  • But there were ups as well as downs in this tenting adventure.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • And it says in the affidavit he thought it was tenting equipment.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • In the mean time he must content himself with tenting or lodging among his fellow-voyageurs.

    The Black Feather Mary Hartwell Catherwood
British Dictionary definitions for tenting

tent1

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
  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
2.
something resembling this in function or shape
verb
3.
(intransitive) to camp in a tent
4.
(transitive) to cover with or as if with a tent or tents
5.
(transitive) to provide with a tent as shelter
Derived Forms
tented, adjective
tentless, adjective
tentlike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tente, from Latin tentōrium something stretched out, from tendere to stretch

tent2

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
a plug of soft material for insertion into a bodily canal, etc, to dilate it or maintain its patency
verb
2.
(transitive) to insert such a plug into (a bodily canal, etc)
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: a probe): from Old French tente (noun), ultimately from Latin temptāre to try; see tempt

tent3

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
(obsolete) a red table wine from Alicante, Spain
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish tinto dark-coloured; see tint

tent4

/tɛnt/
noun
1.
heed; attention
verb (transitive)
2.
to pay attention to; take notice of
3.
to attend to
Derived Forms
tenter, noun
Word Origin
C14: from attentattend and intent
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Word Origin and History for tenting

tent

v.

"to camp in a tent," 1856, from tent (n.). Related: Tented; tenting.

tent

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.

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tenting in Medicine

tent 1 (těnt)
n.
A canopy used in various types of inhalation therapy to control the humidity and oxygen concentration of inspired air.

tent 2
n.
A small, cylindrical plug of lint or gauze used to keep open or probe a wound or an orifice. v. tent·ed, tent·ing, tents
To keep a wound or an orifice open with such a plug.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tenting

tent

Related Terms

pup tent

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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