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Webster 1913 Edition


Tent

Tent

,
Noun.
[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
.

Tent

,
Noun.
[Cf.
Attent
,
Noun.
]
1.
Attention; regard, care.
[Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Lydgate.
2.
Intention; design.
[Prov. Eng.]
Halliwell.

Tent

,
Verb.
T.
To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder.
[Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Halliwell.

Tent

,
Verb.
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.
I’ll
tent
him to the quick.
Shakespeare

Tent

,
Noun.
[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.
(b)
A probe for searching a wound.
The
tent
that searches
To the bottom of the worst.
Shakespeare

Tent

,
Noun.
[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, – used for sheltering persons from the weather, especially soldiers in camp.
Within his
tent
, large as is a barn.
Chaucer.
2.
(Her.)
The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
Tent bed
,
a high-post bedstead curtained with a tentlike canopy.
Tent caterpillar
(Zool.)
,
any one of several species of gregarious caterpillars which construct on trees large silken webs into which they retreat when at rest. Some of the species are very destructive to fruit trees. The most common American species is the larva of a bombycid moth (
Clisiocampa Americana
). Called also
lackery caterpillar
, and
webworm
.

Tent

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Tented
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Tenting
.]
To lodge as a tent; to tabernacle.
Shak.
We 're
tenting
to-night on the old camp ground.
W. Kittredge.

Webster 1828 Edition


Tent

TENT

,
Noun.
[L. tentorium, from tendo, to stretch.]
1.
A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of canvas or other coarse cloth, stretched and sustained by poles; used for sheltering persons from the weather, particularly soldiers in camp. The wandering Arabs and Tartars lodge in tents. The Israelites lodged in tents forty years, while they were in the desert.
2.
In surgery, a roll of lint or linen, used to dilate an opening in the flesh, or to prevent the healing of an opening from which matter or other fluid is discharged.

TENT

,
Noun.
[L. tinctus.] A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain.

TENT

,
Verb.
I.
To lodge as in a tent; to tabernacle.

TENT

,
Verb.
T.
To probe; to search as with a tent; as, to tent a wound.
I'll tent him to the quick.
1.
To keep open with a tent.

Definition 2022


tent

tent

See also: Tënt and tent.

English

A tent (pavilion)

Noun

tent (plural tents)

  1. A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, used for sheltering people from the weather.
  2. (archaic) The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
  3. (Scotland) A portable pulpit set up outside to accommodate worshippers who cannot fit into a church.
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner:
      A splendid tent was erected on the brae north of the town, and round that the countless congregation assembled.
  4. A piece of fabric, etc. protruding outward like a tent.
    • 2013, Nathan Lapointe, A Strange New World
      [] feeling his erection making a tent in his pants.
Derived terms
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Verb

tent (third-person singular simple present tents, present participle tenting, simple past and past participle tented)

  1. (intransitive) To go camping.
    We’ll be tented at the campground this weekend.
  2. (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.
  3. (intransitive) To form into a tent-like shape.
    The sheet tented over his midsection.
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Etymology 2

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).

Verb

tent (third-person singular simple present tents, present participle tenting, simple past and past participle tented)

  1. (archaic, Britain, Scotland, dialect) To attend to; to heed; hence, to guard; to hinder.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Noun

tent (plural tents)

  1. (archaic, Britain, Scotland, dialect) Attention; regard, care.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lydgate to this entry?)
  2. (archaic) Intention; design.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Etymology 3

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).

Noun

tent (plural tents)

  1. (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.
  2. (medicine) A probe for searching a wound.

Verb

tent (third-person singular simple present tents, present participle tenting, simple past and past participle tented)

  1. (medicine, sometimes figuratively) To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent.
    to tent a wound
    • Shakespeare
      I'll tent him to the quick.

Etymology 4

Spanish tinto (deep-colored), from Latin tinctus, past participle of tingo (to dye). More at tinge, tint, tinto. Compare claret (French red wine), also from color.

Noun

tent (plural tents)

  1. (archaic) A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; called also tent wine, and tinta.

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Anagrams


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛnt
  • IPA(key): /tɛnt/

Noun

tent m (plural tenten, diminutive tentje n)

  1. tent (for camping)
  2. a pavillion
  3. (informal) a building, especially for commercial purposes

Synonyms

Derived terms


Norwegian Bokmål

Verb

tent

  1. past participle of tenne