from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of canvas stretched across the ridge-pole of a tent, and secured to the ground by ropes along its lower edges.

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  • n. flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent


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  • He winked heavily, pulling back the tent-fly, and paused.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • We'd come in at sunset from the south, and so saw nothing of the battlefield, but they were burying the dead in scores, and I'd chanced to glance aside through an open tent-fly, and there, wrapped in a cloak, was the body of old Bob Sale.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Her eyes fell upon Hamoud who, sitting on his heels near her chair, was watching her face by the light of the talc-sided lanterns that dangled from the tent-fly.


  • From where he lay, through the open tent-fly, he could see a portion of the windfall barrier which had been the cause of the disaster.

    A Mating in the Wilds

  • Two and sometimes three men would be found wrapped in one blanket, "spoon-fashion," with another blanket stretched above them on four stakes to serve as a tent-fly, and their fires were usually large and well covered with green branches to prevent their burning out too rapidly.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 099, March, 1876

  • The balloonist acknowledged these compliments, bowing and looking down over the sea of upturned faces, -- but Hedger was determined she should not see him, and he darted behind the tent-fly.

    Youth and the Bright Medusa

  • Most of the baggage and tents had been left behind; a tent-fly was the shelter for brigade and division headquarters; but the food, consisting of meat, bread, coffee and sugar, was abundant and of good quality.

    Chapter IX

  • The camp consisted of a tent-fly, extended verandah-like behind the

    We of the Never-Never

  • Then he accumulated a mow of willow tops without the tent-fly.


  • The last he saw of her was her luminous smile framed against the black background; then she let the tent-fly fall.

    The Winds of Chance


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