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Definition of "tent" []

  • A portable shelter, as of canvas, stretched over a supporting framework of poles with ropes and pegs. (noun)
  • Something resembling such a portable shelter in construction or outline: "her hair a dark tent, her face a thin triangle” ( Anne Tyler). (noun)
  • To camp in a tent. (verb-intransitive)
  • To form a tent over. (verb-transitive)
  • To supply with or put up in tents. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tent" in a sentence
  • "It is quite an agreeable change to see a leaden sky and hear the rain softly pattering on the tent roof, after many days of sweltering, dazzling heat, _when one is in a comfortable tent_."
  • "A tent has been invented by Major H.H. Sibley, of the army, which is known as the "_Sibley tent_.""
  • "[Illustration: "_Gravely passed from tent to tent_"] [Illustration: "_And threw her arms round little Ann_"] "Look at that child," said one, "I'm sure"