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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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Katie Powers, RN, Boston Marathon Finish Line Medical Tent Volunteer
He, his son and other volunteers rushed up as far as the medical tent and began assisting runners still getting through the finish.
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.
Runner Laura McLean of Toronto said she heard two explosions outside the medical tent.
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.
The squadron also erected two shelters, a Command Post and medical tent outfitted with generator power, air conditioning, and drinking water.
The 200-mile race over Wales' mountain ranges left runners in hospital and the medical tent at the end of each day resembled a "battlezone".
Three witnesses claimed managers at the Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) were directing equipment to a medical tent at the roundabout during the height of last year's unrest, even though it had been ordered for the hospital.
Occupy Eugene's evolution continues, with group members planning to set up a medical tent for a few hours this Sunday in the downtown Park Blocks.
The protesters had set up a kitchen in the middle of the park and they also had a medical tent, a social media headquarters and a library.
Ghassan Dhaif was entrusted with dealing with local and foreign media and Abdulkhaliq Al Oraibi supervised the medical tent.
1,054 [pounds sterling] is the cost of a medical tent for the treatment of patients

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