Etymology
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tent (n.)

c. 1300, "portable shelter of skins or coarse cloth stretched over poles," from Old French tente "tent, hanging, tapestry" (12c.), from Medieval Latin tenta "a tent," literally "something stretched out," noun use of fem. singular of Latin tentus "stretched," variant past participle of tendere "to stretch" (from PIE root *ten- "to stretch"). The notion is of "stretching" hides over a framework. Tent-caterpillar so caled by 1854, from the tent-like silken webs in which they live gregariously.

tent (v.)

"to camp in a tent," 1856, from tent (n.). Earlier "to pitch a tent" (1550s). Related: Tented; tenting.

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Definitions of tent
1
tent (n.)
a portable shelter (usually of canvas stretched over supporting poles and fastened to the ground with ropes and pegs);
he pitched his tent near the creek
Synonyms: collapsible shelter
tent (n.)
a web that resembles a tent or carpet;
2
tent (v.)
live in or as if in a tent;
The circus tented near the town
Synonyms: camp / encamp / camp out / bivouac
From wordnet.princeton.edu