American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A portable shelter, as of canvas, stretched over a supporting framework of poles with ropes and pegs.
- n. Something resembling such a portable shelter in construction or outline: "her hair a dark tent, her face a thin triangle” ( Anne Tyler).
- v. To camp in a tent.
- v. To form a tent over.
- v. To supply with or put up in tents.
- n. A small cylindrical plug of lint or gauze used to keep open or probe a wound or an orifice.
- v. To keep (a wound or orifice) open with such a plug.
- v. Scots To pay heed to.
- v. Scots To attend; wait on.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The web of a colony of tent-caterpillars.
- n. A tent-shaped cover.
- n. A covering or shelter, or a portable lodge, made of some flexible material, as skins, coarse cloth, or canvas, supported by one or more poles, and stretched by means of cords secured to tent-pegs, or in some other way. Wandering tribes, as those of Asia, use tents for their common habitation. Among European nations the chief use of tents, which are generally made of canvas, is for soldiers in the field, the larger and more commodious kind being for the use of general officers. Tents are also used in towns to shelter large occasional assemblies, as the spectators at a circus or the audience at a political or religious gathering, and in woods or uninhabited regions by campers or explorers. Large and permanent tents, such as are raised on posts, are known as pavilions, and those of an elaborate and decorative character, such as are set up for outdoor entertainments, are called
- n. A habitation; a dwelling.
- n. A. raised wooden box or platform set up in the open air, from which clergymen formerly used to preach when the hearers were too numerous to be accommodated within doors: still sometimes used.
- n. An apparatus used in field-photography as a substitute for the dark room. It commonly consists of a tripod supporting a box with a window of red or orange glass or fabric in front, and furnished with drapery at the back, so as to cover the operator and prevent access of white light to the interior. It is generally fitted with shelves and trays for holding various necessary appliances. Now that the dry-plate has superseded the collodion process, it is very seldom used, and when used it is much simpler and lighter than the tent for wet plates, consisting usually of a small box, with sleeves through which the hands and arms are thrust for the purpose of changing the plates in the holders for fresh ones without exposure to light. In the latter form usually called
- To pitch one's tent; live in or as in a tent.
- To try; test.
- To probe; sound.
- To apply a tent or pledget to; keep open with a tent.
- To tempt. See tempt.
- n. A probe.
- n. In surgery, a piece of some fabric, bunch of horsehairs or threads, or small cylinder of sponge, laminaria, or other substance introduced into some opening, either natural (as the cervical canal of the uterus) or artificial (as a wound), to keep it open or increase its caliber.
- To stretch, as cloth.
- n. Heed; care; notice; attention: usually in the phrase to take tent.
- n. Intent; purpose.
- To take heed; be careful: generally with to.
- To observe; take note of; give heed to.
- To attend; tend upon; take care of.
- n. A kind of wine of a deep-red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain, much used as a sacramental wine. Also tent-wine.
- n. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, used for sheltering persons from the weather.
- n. archaic The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
- v. intransitive To go camping.
- v. cooking To prop up aluminum foil in an inverted "V" (reminiscent of a pop-up tent) over food to reduce splatter, before putting it in the oven.
- v. intransitive To form into a tent-like shape.
- v. archaic To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder.
- n. archaic Attention; regard, care.
- n. archaic Intention; design.
- n. medicine A roll of lint or linen, or a conical or cylindrical piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly to dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a wound, or to absorb discharges.
- n. medicine A probe for searching a wound.
- v. medicine To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent; as, to tent a wound. Used also figuratively.
- n. archaic A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; called also tent wine, and tinta.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; -- called also
tent wine, and tinta.
- n. Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot. Attention; regard, care.
- n. Prov. Eng. Intention; design.
- v. Prov. Eng. & Scot. To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder.
- v. To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent. Used also figuratively.
- n. A roll of lint or linen, or a conical or cylindrical piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly to dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a wound, or to absorb discharges.
- n. A probe for searching a wound.
- n. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, -- used for sheltering persons from the weather, especially soldiers in camp.
- n. (Her.) The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
- v. To lodge as a tent; to tabernacle.
- n. a web that resembles a tent or carpet
- n. a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs)
- v. live in or as if in a tent
- Spanish tinto ("deep-colored"), from Latin tinctus, past participle of tingo ("to dye"). More at tinge, tint, tinto. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French tente, from Vulgar Latin *tendita, from feminine past participle of Latin tendere, to stretch out. Middle English tente, from Old French, from tenter, to probe, from Latin tentāre, to feel, try; see tentative.Middle English tenten, from tent, attention, short for attent, from Old French attente, from Vulgar Latin *attendita, from feminine past participle of Latin attendere, to wait on; see attend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is quite an agreeable change to see a leaden sky and hear the rain softly pattering on the tent roof, after many days of sweltering, dazzling heat, _when one is in a comfortable tent_.”
“A tent has been invented by Major H.H. Sibley, of the army, which is known as the "_Sibley tent_.”
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“Birdie lashed the full biscuit tin to the door to prevent its flapping, and also got what he called the tent downhaul round the cap and then tied it about himself outside his bag: if the tent went he was going too.”
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“This guy's "tent" is probably more luxurious than many of the homes in the neighborhood.”
“Gary: lol … maybe he should spend some time in tent city.”
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