tent

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English[edit]

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A tent (pavilion)

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

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 persons from the weather.
  2. (archaic) The representation of a tent used as a bearing.
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Verb[edit]

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.
Translations[edit]
  • (to go camping): Swedish: tälta

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Etymology 2[edit]

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).

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

  1. (archaic, UK, 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[edit]

tent (plural tents)

  1. (archaic, UK, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Spanish tinto (deep-colored), from Latin tinctus, past participle of tingo (to dye). More at tinge, tint, tinto.

Noun[edit]

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.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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tent m (plural tenten, diminutive tentje n)

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

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