- a small, two-person, military tent consisting of two halves (shelter halves) buttoned or tied together, held up by accessory ropes and poles.
Origin of shelter tent
An Americanism dating back to 1860–65
Also called pup tent.
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Examples from the Web for shelter tent
The gable ends were closed with pieces of shelter-tent, boards, or some substitute.In The Ranks
R. E. McBride
If your shelter-tent got afire or blew away, wouldn't you crawl into mine?The Younger Set
Robert W. Chambers
The tent question we will discuss elsewhere; but you can hardly do with less than a piece of shelter-tent.
You can, however, cut a few poles for rafters, and throw the shelter-tent instead of the bark or brush over the poles.
The shelter-tent used by the Union soldiers during the Rebellion was made of light duck about 31-1/2 inches wide.
- US a military tent for two men
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