Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs)
  2. (noun, object) a web that resembles a tent or carpet
  3. (verb, stative) live in or as if in a tent
    The circus tented near the town
    The houseguests had to camp in the living room

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Tent

  1. 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). The notion is of "stretching" hides over a framework. The verb meaning "to camp in a tent" is recorded from 1856. Tent caterpillarmore

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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