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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.

tent

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

tent

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Obsolete a red table wine from Alicante, Spain
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The main agenda of the meetings will be qualifying tournaments and the preparations for the second edition of the ITPF Tent Pegging World Cup, which will be organised in Egypt in 2016.
He said that in order to promote traditional games CDA has planned to organize Tent Pegging, Kabaddi, tug of war and other such completions to promote these games at National Level.
Alan Larsen, events consultant with English heritage and a former lancer with the British Army display team, said: "It was through my own interest in tent pegging that I met Prince Malik's Lancers and they've been a real hit with crowds at the festival.
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The remarkable horsemanship by Army Tent Peggers, a brilliant horse dancing show and tilting tunes of Army band added colour to the concluding ceremony of week-long Army Polo and Tent Pegging Championship.
The beach soccer team face their Chinese counterparts in a group game, while the tent pegging team compete in pairs files.
The spring festival is bringing colorful events including tent pegging, milk competition, agricultural exhibition, Kissan convention and cultural show, etc.
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A spokesman of the UAF told here on Tuesday that events including tent pegging, agricultural exhibition, Kissan convention, cultural show, milk and beauty competition and others will be arranged during the festival.
The honoured athletes and teams included national beach football, junior basketball, handball, beach volleyball, women's volleyball, hockey, cycling, sailing, women's bowling, snooker, taekwondo, junior and senior golf, body-building, weightlifting, cross-country, athletics, swimming and tent pegging teams.
Colourful programmes have been arranged for this occasion, including tent pegging participated by renowned horse riders for the occasion.