camp [ kamp ]
1. a place where an army or other group of persons or an individual is lodged in a tent or tents or other temporary means of shelter.
2. such tents or shelters collectively: The regiment transported its camp in trucks.
3. the persons so sheltered: The camp slept through the storm.
4. the act of camping out: Camp is far more pleasant in summer than in winter.
5. any temporary structure, as a tent or cabin, used on an outing or vacation.
6. a group of troops, workers, etc., camping and moving together.
7. army life.
8. a group of people favoring the same ideals, doctrines, etc.: Most American voters are divided into two camps, Republicans and Democrats.
9. any position in which ideals, doctrines, etc., are strongly entrenched: After considering the other side's argument, he changed camps.
10. a recreation area in the country, equipped with extensive facilities for sports.
11. day camp.
12. summer camp.
verb (used without object)
13. to establish or pitch a camp: The army camped in the valley.
14. to live temporarily in or as if in a camp or outdoors, usually for recreation (often followed by out): They camped by the stream for a week.
15. to reside or lodge somewhere temporarily or irregularly, especially in an apartment, room, etc.: They camped in our apartment whenever they came to town.
16. to settle down securely and comfortably; become ensconced: The kids camped on our porch until the rain stopped.
17. to take up a position stubbornly: They camped in front of the president's office.
verb (used with object)
18. to put or station (troops) in a camp; shelter.
encampment, tent, affected, pop, avant-garde, in, wild, arch, mod, posturing, shed, chalet, shack, tilt, shanty, lean-to, hut, cottage, caravansary, lodge
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Origin: 1520–30; < Middle French can, camp, orig. dial. (Normandy, Picardy) or < Old Provençal < Italian campo < Latin campus field; compare Old English campe, compe battle, battlefield (cognate with German Kampf struggle) < Germanic < Latin
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