To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent.
From Middle English tente, borrowed from Old French tente, from Vulgar Latin *tenta ("tent"), from the feminine of Latin tentus, ptp. of tendere. Displaced native Middle English tilt ("tent, tilt"), from Old English teld ("tent"). Compare Spanish tienda ("store, shop; tent").
From Middle English tent ("attention"), aphetic variation of attent, from Old French atente ("attention, intention"), from Latin attenta, feminine of attentus, past participle of attendere.
From Middle English tente ("a probe"), from Middle French tente, deverbal of tenter, from Latin tentāre ("to probe, test"), alteration of temptāre.
From Spanish tinto ("deep-colored"), from Latin tīnctus, past participle of tingo. More at tinge. tint, and tinto. Compare claret, also from color.
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