Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).
  • intransitive v. To camp in a tent.
  • transitive v. To form a tent over.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To keep (a wound or orifice) open with such a plug.
  • transitive v. Scots To pay heed to.
  • transitive v. Scots To attend; wait on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
  • v. To go camping.
  • v. 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. To form into a tent-like shape.
  • v. To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder.
  • n. Attention; regard, care.
  • n. Intention; design.
  • 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.
  • v. To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent; as, to tent a wound. Used also figuratively.
  • n. A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; called also tent wine, and tinta.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; -- called also tent wine, and tinta.
  • n. Attention; regard, care.
  • n. Intention; design.
  • transitive v. To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder.
  • transitive 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. The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
  • intransitive v. To lodge as a tent; to tabernacle.

from The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
Middle English tente, from Old French tente, from Latin tenta ("tent"), feminine of tentus, ptp. of tendere ("to stretch, extend"). Displaced native Middle English tild, tilt ("tent, tilt"), from Old English teld ("tent"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English tent ("attention"), aphetic variation of attent ("attention"), from Old French atente ("attention, intention"), from Latin attenta, feminine of attentus, past participle of attendere ("to attend"). (Wiktionary)
Middle English tente ("a probe"), from Middle French tente, deverbal of tenter, from Latin tentāre ("to probe, test"), alteration of temptāre ("to test, probe, tempt"). (Wiktionary)
Spanish tinto ("deep-colored"), from Latin tinctus, past participle of tingo ("to dye"). More at tinge, tint, tinto. (Wiktionary)

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  • A kind of alcoholic drink (wine?).
    Usages:
    "'...Tent to begin with, and then the port with the yellow seal.'"

    "'So this is tent,' said Martin, holding his purple glass up to the light. 'It is not unlike our altar-wine at home, but rounder, fuller, more...'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 89 and 94 (respectively)

    February 20, 2008