Camp, v. i.
1. To pitch or prepare a camp; to encamp; to lodge in a camp; -- often with out.
They camped out at night, under the stars. --W. Irving.
2. To play the game called camp. [Prov. Eng.]
1. The ground or spot on which tents, huts, etc., are erected for shelter, as for an army or for lumbermen, etc.
2. A collection of tents, huts, etc., for shelter, commonly arranged in an orderly manner.
Forming a camp in the neighborhood of Boston. --W. Irving.
3. A single hut or shelter; as, a hunter's camp.
4. The company or body of persons encamped, as of soldiers, of surveyors, of lumbermen, etc.
The camp broke up with the confusion of a flight. --Macaulay.
5. Agric. A mound of earth in which potatoes and other vegetables are stored for protection against frost; -- called also burrow and pie. [Prov. Eng.]
6. An ancient game of football, played in some parts of England.
Camp bedstead, a light bedstead that can be folded up onto a small space for easy transportation.
camp ceiling Arch., a kind ceiling often used in attics or garrets, in which the side walls are inclined inward at the top, following the slope of the rafters, to meet the plane surface of the upper ceiling.
Camp chair, a light chair that can be folded up compactly for easy transportation; the seat and back are often made of strips or pieces of carpet.
Camp fever, typhus fever.
Camp follower, a civilian accompanying an army, as a sutler, servant, etc.
Camp meeting, a religious gathering for open-air preaching, held in some retired spot, chiefly by Methodists. It usually last for several days, during which those present lodge in tents, temporary houses, or cottages.
Camp stool, the same as camp chair, except that the stool has no back.
Flying camp Mil., a camp or body of troops formed for rapid motion from one place to another. --Farrow.
To pitch (a) camp, to set up the tents or huts of a camp.
To strike camp, to take down the tents or huts of a camp.
Camp v. t. [imp. & p. p. Camped p. pr. & vb. n. Camping.] To afford rest or lodging for, as an army or travelers.
Had our great palace the capacity
To camp this host, we all would sup together. --Shak.
adj : providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having
artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or
sentimental qualities; "they played up the silliness of
their roles for camp effect"; "campy Hollywood musicals
of the 1940's" [syn: campy]
n 1: temporary living quarters specially built by the army for
soldiers; "wherever he went in the camp the men were
grumbling" [syn: encampment, cantonment, bivouac]
2: a group of people living together in a camp; "the whole camp
laughed at his mistake"
3: temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or
vacationers; "level ground is best for parking and camp
4: an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose [syn: clique,
coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack]
5: a prison for forced laborers; "China has many work camps for
6: something that is considered amusing not because of its
originality but because of its unoriginality; "the
livingroom was pure camp"
7: shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression
or for religious beliefs [syn: refugee camp]
8: a site where care and activities are provided for children
during the summer months; "city kids get to see the
country at a summer camp" [syn: summer camp]
v 1: live in or as if in a tent; "Can we go camping again this
summer?"; "The circus tented near the town"; "The
houseguests had to camp in the living room" [syn: encamp,
camp out, bivouac, tent]
2: establish or set up a camp [syn: camp down]
3: give an artificially banal or sexual quality to
During their journeys across the wilderness, the twelve tribes
formed encampments at the different places where they halted
(Ex. 16:13; Num. 2:3). The diagram here given shows the position
of the different tribes and the form of the encampment during
the wanderings, according to Num. 1:53; 2:2-31; 3:29, 35, 38;
The area of the camp would be in all about 3 square miles.
After the Hebrews entered Palestine, the camps then spoken of
were exclusively warlike (Josh. 11:5, 7; Judg. 5:19, 21; 7:1; 1
Sam. 29:1; 30:9, etc.).