- 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 tent
While quarantined, she was seemingly powerless to challenge her banishment to a tent in Newark.Are Mandatory Ebola Quarantines Legal?
October 28, 2014
Will it strive for purity or aim for as big a tent as possible?Populists Go Down in Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party
September 10, 2014
Infants and young toddlers are placed in cribs to keep them from roaming; is placing a child in a tent not similar?Is It Wrong for Parents to Lock Up Their Disabled Kids?
August 4, 2014
I got to my tent at 2:15AM, knowing that this is the earliest I will get to bed at Bonnaroo.Tennessee Not Impressed By Bonnaroo
Daniel G. Hill
June 13, 2014
A pile of straw right by the menagerie lit on fire, and reached the tent in seconds.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus
May 5, 2014
Trenches were dug round the hut and tent, so that they must have had rain.Explorations in Australia
You haven't seen the bride's table in the tent yet, have you, Hippy?Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The king is at the tent of the brave Du Guesclin, where he will sup to night.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The tent caterpillar, which is easily seen, should be destroyed at once.
And the next day he brought word, 'The tent of the sky is building.'The Trail Book
- 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 tent
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.
"to camp in a tent," 1856, from tent (n.). Related: Tented; tenting.