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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


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With 9,000 more runners, they have added another medical tent.
The day of the bombings, nearly 200 Boston health department personnel were already on site, overseeing medical activities and treating runners with injuries and health problems inside medical tents set up along the marathon route.
There are people who are really, really bloody," said Laura McLean, a runner from Toronto, who was in the medical tent being treated for dehydration when she was pulled out to make room for victims of the explosions.
I was in the medical tent at the end of each day, on day four I went in there and it was like a battleground, people lying around with injuries.
Occupy Eugene member Alley Valkyrie said the medical tent "is definitely open to" anyone who needs to see a doctor - even people who have health insurance.
Sadek al-Ikri, 44, said he was tending to sick protesters at a makeshift medical tent in the square when the police stormed in.
While Jonny continued in pursuit of the Spaniard, Alistair struggled before eventually staggering across the line in tenth place before being rushed to the medical tent.
He reported the wounds to his commander and was told to report to the medical tent for treatment.
In the medical tent, students saw a tray with American medical supplies such as Band-Aids, toothpaste, cold and cough syrup and sunscreen.
In these cases, one was declared dead in the medical tent at the race finish, while the other was certified dead later in a local private hospital.
I was being rolled on to a stretcher, into the back of a van and to the medical tent.
Our team worked a couple of shifts in the medical tent as well.

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