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portable shelter of canvas, skins, felt, matting, or other material usually supported by poles and used chiefly by nomads, hunters, and campers. Tents have been used by pastoral peoples since ancient times and are mentioned in the Old Testament and in Homer. Persian tents, usually circular, were early noted for rich hangings and rugs. Army tents developed by ancient peoples include the small, skin-covered tents of the Greeks and the Roman tents of canvas supported by two upright poles and a ridgepole. Medieval military tents were round or oval and were often lavishly hung with silks or furs. Army tents were widely used in Europe in the 17th and 18th cent. but are now employed chiefly for training purposes. Modern types include bell tents with a central pole; the A tents with sides sloping from a ridgepole; and the marquee, a large field tent, used for mess or hospital shelters. Smaller tents for recreational camping and backpacking include dome, "flashlight," and other designs that typically use shock-corded aluminum or fiberglass poles and lightweight fabrics. The yurt, a circular, felt-covered structure of latticework surmounted by curved poles fitted at the top into a ring forming a smoke hole, has long been used by nomads of the Asian steppes. Desert tribespeople of W Asia and North Africa generally use a ridgepole tent. One of the simplest tent forms is the windbreak, which was mainly used in Patagonia. See also tepeetepee
or tipi
, typical dwelling of Native North Americans living on the Great Plains. It was usually made by arranging tent poles into a conical frame and spreading skins, usually buffalo hide, tightly over it. An aperture was generally left at the top for smoke.
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What does it mean when you dream about a tent?

A tent in a dream could mean protection or it could mean feeling a part of the natural world. Tents can be symbols of nomadic life, of feeling on the move and not being able to put down roots.


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a plug of soft material for insertion into a bodily canal, etc., to dilate it or maintain its patency


Obsolete a red table wine from Alicante, Spain
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Christmas Party Extravaganzas wants Cardiff to be the second site to host its annual festive party tent, which will hold Christmas and New Year parties for up to 1,100 people from November to the middle of January.
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For more than six months people living near her EUR3million mansion in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, have been asking her to remove it, saying the huge party tent is a blot on the landscape.
The couple, who were joined by Wills, spent most of the night with friends in the main party tent.
They were greeted by the El Camino Real High School marching band, the Woodcrest School choir and more than 200 community leaders and MTA staff members under a party tent decorated with crates of oranges.
Protesters against plans to put up a glamorous party tent in a city centre car park will have the chance to voice their objections at a public meeting.
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And today the stadium's business development manager, former Wales rugby international Rupert Moon, hit out at rival plans for a huge party tent, catering for 1,100 people over the festive period in Sophia Gardens.