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[[Image:military_tent_city.jpg|thumb|300px|Military tents]]
[[Image:military_tent_city.jpg|thumb|300px|Military tents]]
[[Image:USArmyTent.jpg|thumb|300px|U.S. Army tent with constructed wooden entrance, climate control unit and [[sandbags]] for protection. Victory Base, Baghdad, Iraq (April 2004).]]
[[Image:USArmyTent.jpg|thumb|300px|U.S. Army tent with constructed wooden entrance, climate control unit and [[sandbags]] for protection. Victory Base, Baghdad, Iraq (April 2004).]]
A '''tent''' is a shelter, consisting of sheets of fabric or other material draped over or attached to a frame of poles and/or ropes. Some tent styles are free-standing, while others are attached to the ground using guy [[rope]]s tied to stakes (pegs). Tents were first used as portable homes by [[nomad]]ic peoples, but today, their main application is for recreational [[camping]]. Modern tents are usually made of fire-retardant material.
A '''tent''' is a shelter, consisting of sheets of fabric or other material draped over or attached to a frame of poles and/or ropes. Some tent styles are free-standing, while others are attached to the ground using guy [[rope]]s tied to stakes (pegs). Tents were first used as portable homes by nomadic peoples, but today, their main application is for recreational [[camping]]. Modern tents are usually made of fire-retardant material.


Tents range in size from those barely large enough for one person to sleep in up to huge ([[circus]]) tents capable of seating thousands of people. The bulk of this article is concerned with recreational camping using tents capable of sleeping from 1 up to about 10 people. [[#Larger tents|Larger tents]] are discussed in a separate section below.
Tents range in size from those barely large enough for one person to sleep in up to huge (circus) tents capable of seating thousands of people. The bulk of this article is concerned with recreational camping using tents capable of sleeping from 1 up to about 10 people. [[#Larger tents|Larger tents]] are discussed in a separate section below.


Tents for recreational camping are generally transportable by car. Depending on tent size and the experience of the person or people involved, such tents can usually be assembled (pitched) in between 5 and 25 minutes; disassembly (striking) takes a similar length of time (some very specialised tents have spring-loaded poles and can be 'pitched' in 2 seconds, but take somewhat longer to strike).  
Tents for recreational camping are generally transportable by car. Depending on tent size and the experience of the person or people involved, such tents can usually be assembled (pitched) in between 5 and 25 minutes; disassembly (striking) takes a similar length of time (some very specialised tents have spring-loaded poles and can be 'pitched' in 2 seconds, but take somewhat longer to strike).  
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* A "Rub Hall" is a large tent used primarily as emergency warehousing.
* A "Rub Hall" is a large tent used primarily as emergency warehousing.


* A [[circus]] tent usually has one or more oval or circular arenas surrounded by tiered seating which might accommodate thousands of people. Nowadays such large tents are made of some artificial fibre (polyester or vinyl) and are often erected with the help of cranes. In earlier times it was common for the circus elephants to be used as a source of power for pulling ropes to haul the canvas into position.  
* A circus tent usually has one or more oval or circular arenas surrounded by tiered seating which might accommodate thousands of people. Nowadays such large tents are made of some artificial fibre (polyester or vinyl) and are often erected with the help of cranes. In earlier times it was common for the circus elephants to be used as a source of power for pulling ropes to haul the canvas into position.  


* [[Denver International Airport]]'s main terminal building is a tent style building.
* [[Denver International Airport]]'s main terminal building is a tent style building.
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