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portable canvas shelters: The homeless are living in tents by the river.
Not to be confused with:
tense – stretched tight; high-strung: She is overly tense.; a category of verbal inflection
tints – a color or variety of color; hue: Use pastel tints for the walls.
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tent 1

1. A portable shelter made of fabric or other material stretched over a supporting framework of poles and usually stabilized or secured to the ground with cords and stakes.
2. Something resembling such a portable shelter in construction or outline: "her hair a dark tent, her face a thin triangle" (Anne Tyler).
v. tent·ed, tent·ing, tents
To camp in a tent.
1. To form a tent over.
2. To supply with or put up in tents.

[Middle English, from Old French tente, from Vulgar Latin *tendita, from feminine past participle of Latin tendere, to stretch out; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

tent 2

A small cylindrical plug of lint or gauze used to keep open or probe a wound or an orifice.
tr.v. tent·ed, tent·ing, tents
To keep (a wound or orifice) open with such a plug.

[Middle English tente, from Old French, from tenter, to probe, from Latin tentāre, to feel, try; see tentative.]

tent 3

tr.v. tent·ed, tent·ing, tents Scots
1. To pay heed to.
2. To attend; wait on.

[Middle English tenten, from tent, attention, short for attent, from Old French attente, from Vulgar Latin *attendita, from feminine past participle of Latin attendere, to wait on; see attend.]
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"All the draf' was out av their tents watchin' Barney bein' pegged.
About noon they came to a DOUAR of about twenty tents. Here they halted, and as one of the Arabs was releasing the alfa-grass ropes which bound him to his mount they were surrounded by a mob of men, women, and children.
At the end of a walk of about ten minutes among the tents and posts, which were closer together near the headquarters, Monk entered upon a little causeway which diverged into three branches.
By the dim light of the new moon, however, Glinda's forces silently surrounded the city and pitched their tents of scarlet silk upon the greensward.
Twenty palm-thatched, beehive huts sheltered its black population, while a half-dozen goat skin tents in the center of the clearing housed the score of Arabs who found shelter here while, by trading and raiding, they collected the cargoes which their ships of the desert bore northward twice each year to the market of Timbuktu.
There, placed between two rivers on the borders of Scotland, but still on English soil, the tents of a little army extended.
"In order to camp," said he, "the first thing we need is tents. Will some one please lend me a handkerchief?"
Out into the village ran the chief, calling in angry tones to the sleepy Arabs, who tumbled from their tents in answer to his voice.
Napoleon walked about in front of his tent, looked at the fires and listened to these sounds, and as he was passing a tall guardsman in a shaggy cap, who was standing sentinel before his tent and had drawn himself up like a black pillar at sight of the Emperor, Napoleon stopped in front of him.
Damon in their tent, a separate one having been set up for the two men adjoining that of the youths.
Outside the tent she again heard the noise that had distracted Rokoff's attention.
They told me they worked in Kansas City in the winter, and in summer they went out among the farming towns with their tent and taught dancing.