tent

tent
1.
n. & v.
—n.
1 a portable shelter or dwelling of canvas, cloth, etc., supported by a pole or poles and stretched by cords attached to pegs driven into the ground.
2 Med. a tentlike enclosure for control of the air supply to a patient.
—v.
1 tr. cover with or as with a tent.
2 intr. a encamp in a tent. b dwell temporarily.
Phrases and idioms:
tent-bed a bed with a tentlike canopy, or for a patient in a tent. tent coat (or dress) a coat (or dress) cut very full. tent-fly (pl. -flies)
1 a flap at the entrance to a tent.
2 a piece of canvas stretched over the ridge-pole of a tent leaving an open space but keeping off sun and rain. tent-peg any of the pegs to which the cords of a tent are attached. tent-pegging a sport in which a rider tries at full gallop to carry off on the point of a lance a tent-peg fixed in the ground.
tent-stitch
1 a series of parallel diagonal stitches.
2 such a stitch.
Etymology: ME f. OF tente ult. f. L tendere stretch: tent-stitch may be f. another word
2.
n. a deep-red sweet wine chiefly from Spain, used esp. as sacramental wine.
Etymology: Sp. tinto deep-coloured f. L tinctus past part.: see TINGE
3.
n. Surgery a piece (esp. a roll) of lint, linen, etc., inserted into a wound or natural opening to keep it open.
Etymology: ME f. OF tente f. tenter probe (as TEMPT)

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  • tent — tent1 [tent] n. [ME < OFr tente < L tenta, fem. pp. of tentus, alt. pp. of tendere, to stretch: see THIN] 1. a portable shelter consisting of canvas, skins, etc. stretched over poles and attached to stakes 2. anything suggestive of a tent,… …   English World dictionary

  • Tent — Tent, n. [OE. tente, F. tente, LL. tenta, fr. L. tendere, tentum, to stretch. See {Tend} to move, and cf. {Tent} a roll of lint.] 1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tent — Tent, v. t. [OF. tenter. See {Tempt}.] To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent; as, to tent a wound. Used also figuratively. [1913 Webster] I ll tent him to the quick. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tent — (1979) Album par The Nits Sortie 1979 Enregistrement Juin 1979–Octobre 1979 à Artisound, Amsterdam à Relight, Hilvarenbeek Genre New wave Produc …   Wikipédia en Français

  • tent — [tent] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: tente, from Latin tenta, from the past participle of tendere; TEND] a shelter consisting of a sheet of cloth supported by poles and ropes, used especially for camping ▪ We looked for a flat spot… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Tent — Tent, n. [F. tente. See {Tent} to probe.] (Surg.) (a) 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tent — c.1300, portable shelter of skins or cloths stretched over poles, from O.Fr. tente (12c.), from M.L. tenta a tent, noun use of fem. sing. of L. tentus stretched, variant pp. of tendere to stretch (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). The notion is of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Tent — Tent, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Tented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tenting}.] To lodge as a tent; to tabernacle. Shak. [1913 Webster] We re tenting to night on the old camp ground. W. Kittredge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tent — Tent, n. [Sp. tinto, properly, deep colored, fr. L. tinctus, p. p. of tingere to dye. See {Tinge}, and cf. {Tint}, {Tinto}.] A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; called also {tent wine}, and {tinta}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tent — [ tent ] noun count ** a shelter made of cloth and supported with poles and ropes tent camp/city a place where a lot of people live in tents because they lost their homes due to war or other bad events …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tent|y — «TEHN tee», adjective, tent|i|er, tent|i|est. Scottish. watchful; observant …   Useful english dictionary

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