- 1A portable shelter made of cloth, supported by one or more poles and stretched tight by cords or loops attached to pegs driven into the ground.More example sentences
- Some of the families here stay inside the mosque, but the rest are camped out in tents that provide little shelter from the winter wind that blows across the university.
- Behind them hundreds of canvas tents stretch into the flat spaces of the desert.
- A hundred American soldiers pitched tents on the legation grounds to be ready for any contingency.
- 1.1 Medicine short for oxygen tent.
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- 1 [with object] Cover with or as if with a tent: the garden had been completely tented over for supperMore example sentences
- The ground has also been used to tent unskilled labourers laying fiber optic cables.
- They tented the body up but a lot of the blood, footprints in the blood and forensic evidence got washed away.
- If you can't leave, get fresh air by tenting your head with a blanket at a slightly open window or break it with a chair.
- 1.1 (as adjective tented) Composed of or provided with tents: they were living in large tented campsMore example sentences
- The venue will be part of a small tented complex including toilets and kiosks for sweets and refreshments.
- This is obvious from the enormous crowds that have descended on this tented village for the opening day.
- A colourful tented camp spread under these sylvan giants and virtually every tent was occupied.
- 1.2Arrange in a tent-like shape: Tim tented his fingersMore example sentences
- Garrett turned back to Kiv, tenting his fingers, tilting his head slightly to one side.
- Thomas laid down the pen and tented his fingers under his chin.
- Then he rested his elbows on his desk, tenting his fingers.
- 2 [no object] (Especially of travelling circus people) live in a tent.More example sentences
- These cannot be dismissed unless the university will allow me to tent and maintain a garden in the Quad.
- It is our first night of camping, and I am tenting with Dolly, Patricia, and Joanne.
- But can they be the decisive factor when comparing summer tenting in the rocks of the Rockies to the rocks of Ontario's Canadian Shield?
Middle English: from Old French tente, based on Latin tent- 'stretched', from the verb tendere. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.
late Middle English (also denoting a surgical probe): from Old French tente, from tenter 'to probe', from Latin temptare 'handle, test, try'.