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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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Blakelaw is one of the areas covered by the ban on drinking in the street and Coun Anita Lower, Newcastle Council's executive member for regulation, said a beer tent would send out the wrong message.
The drinking rule states that soldiers can drink in the camp's beer tent but not beyond the camp's perimeters.
All the walks start and finish on the grassed area opposite Berwick Barracks, where there will also be refreshments, a beer tent and entertainment throughout the day.
Yes we had to wait a while to be served at the beer tent and yes it took some time to get out once the groups had ended, but isn't that expected when you go to a concert and there are huge crowds of people?
There is also Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, stick dressing, a pipe band display, terrier racing, an open dog show, a collie and terrier dog show, traditional collie dog trials, a hound dog trail, trade stands, a craft tent, exhibit tents, a beer tent, and food and refreshment stands.
There is a disco in the beer tent on Friday night and two bands and a disco on Saturday night.
The club have created a tuck shop and a beer tent, in addition to having 'mobile bars' so people can be served where they sit.
There's also hot food, rides, face painting and beer tent too.
There will also be live music put on for the team of fundraisers where participants can enjoy a well-earned pint in the beer tent.
With its real beer tent feeling and no closing time, the "Wiesnzelt" on Stiglmaierplatz' offers an alternative to a visit to the Oktoberfest itself.
New on Saturday, a race-side Right Brain Brewery Microbrew Beer Tent for fans ages 21+ in Old Town will satisfy race enthusiasts at the corner of 8th and Union.
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