Main meanings of tent in English

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Pronunciation /tɛnt/

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noun

  • 1A portable shelter made of cloth, supported by one or more poles and stretched tight by cords or loops attached to pegs driven into the ground.

    ‘Some of the families here stay inside the mosque, but the rest are camped out in tents that provide little shelter from the winter wind that blows across the university.’
    • ‘Behind them hundreds of canvas tents stretch into the flat spaces of the desert.’
    • ‘A hundred American soldiers pitched tents on the legation grounds to be ready for any contingency.’
    • ‘Still, the wind snapped one of my tent's poles and it's oddly misshapen at first light.’
    • ‘The temperature has been dropping and locals fear that this winter may prove particularly harsh, especially for those sheltering in tents.’
    • ‘They will stay in tents on camp sites each night and are hoping to complete the journey in eight days.’
    • ‘A boy about twelve years old knocked on the front supporting pole of the tent.’
    • ‘These refugees literally ‘camped out’ in tents on the grounds of the Embassy for up to three months.’
    • ‘Some evacuees were accommodated in 15 temporary shelters in schools and canteens, but many people still had to shelter in tents.’
    • ‘At one time, the nomadic Kazaks lived in yurts, cone-shaped tents of white felt stretched over a framework of wooden poles.’
    • ‘Television footage showed metal posts that held the tent still in the ground.’
    • ‘But within the clearing were dozens of tents and small shelters.’
    • ‘Sheltered under a huge tent, more than 1 000 people converged to celebrate the heritage and rich history of Alexandra.’
    • ‘Once again bears had been at the depot, and the tent, poles, groundsheets, cooking pot, and primus were all missing.’
    • ‘About two years ago I was running an extremely successful school for the blind out of a tent at a camp ground.’
    • ‘To her horror, it was already on fire and she worried about the huge wooden poles that supported the enormous tent.’
    • ‘Before them lay row upon row of tents, pavilions, shelters, barracks and all other contrivable form of shelter.’
    • ‘He snatched his big horse's rope bridle from a post underneath the tent's shelter and stalked off.’
    • ‘The trip itself took about three days, but they had to sleep on the ground in their tents and sleeping bags every night.’
    • ‘Some 500 homeless victims of the quake were being housed in relief tents and others were sheltering from the freezing cold winds in buses.’
    camp, military camp, bivouac, cantonment, barracks, base, station, post
    1. 1.1Medicine
      short for oxygen tent

verb

  • 1with object Cover with or as if with a tent.

    ‘the garden had been completely tented over for supper’
    • ‘The ground has also been used to tent unskilled labourers laying fiber optic cables.’
    • ‘They tented the body up but a lot of the blood, footprints in the blood and forensic evidence got washed away.’
    • ‘If you can't leave, get fresh air by tenting your head with a blanket at a slightly open window or break it with a chair.’
    • ‘The alcohol fumes and oxygen/nitrous mixture would be able to dissipate if the drapes were tented.’
    • ‘A significant fact was that the house was tented with a fumigation tent.’
    • ‘If, after thirty or so minutes, the cake is browning too quickly, you may need to tent it with foil.’
    • ‘To avoid that problem, the building was tented and temporary heating provided so operation could continue.’
    1. 1.1Arrange in a shape like that of a tent.
      ‘Tim tented his fingers’
      • ‘Garrett turned back to Kiv, tenting his fingers, tilting his head slightly to one side.’
      • ‘Thomas laid down the pen and tented his fingers under his chin.’
      • ‘Then he rested his elbows on his desk, tenting his fingers.’
      • ‘As Mildred walks in, his long, slender fingers tent themselves in front of his face, a gesture that means he is focusing, deep in thought.’
      • ‘The Matriarch calm sitting in her throne with her hands tented in front of her face.’
  • 2no object Live or stay for a while in a tent.

    ‘we tented with the kids on the shores of Lake Huron’
    • ‘These cannot be dismissed unless the university will allow me to tent and maintain a garden in the Quad.’
    • ‘It is our first night of camping, and I am tenting with Dolly, Patricia, and Joanne.’
    • ‘But can they be the decisive factor when comparing summer tenting in the rocks of the Rockies to the rocks of Ontario's Canadian Shield?’
    • ‘I have been pestering Jayson, Leighton, Lorne, and Todd Peters all summer about how one goes about tenting and we finally made up our mind that we would get a tent.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French tente, based on Latin tent- ‘stretched’, from the verb tendere. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.

Main meanings of tent in English

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tent2

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noun

mass noun
  • A deep red sweet wine chiefly from Spain, used especially as sacramental wine.

Origin

Late Middle English from Spanish tinto ‘deep-coloured’, from Latin tinctus ‘dyed, stained’, from the verb tingere.

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tent3

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noun

Surgery
  • A piece of absorbent material inserted into an opening to keep it open, or especially to widen it gradually as the material absorbs moisture.

Origin

Late Middle English (also denoting a surgical probe): from Old French tente, from tenter ‘to probe’, from Latin temptare ‘handle, test, try’.

Pronunciation

tent

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