Tent vs. Yurt

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Tent and Yurt is that the Tent is a temporary building which can be easily dismantled and which is portable and Yurt is a Portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used by nomadic groups in Central Asia

  • Tent

    A tent ( (listen)) is a shelter consisting of sheets of fabric or other material draped over, attached to a frame of poles or attached to a supporting rope. While smaller tents may be free-standing or attached to the ground, large tents are usually anchored using guy ropes tied to stakes or tent pegs. First used as portable homes by nomads, tents are now more often used for recreational camping and as temporary shelters.

    A form of tent called a teepee or tipi, noted for its cone shape and peak smoke-hole, was also used by Native American tribes and Aboriginal Canadians of the Plains Indians since ancient times, variously estimated from 10,000 years BCE to 4,000 BCE.Tents range in size from “bivouac” structures, just big 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 tents used for recreational camping which have sleeping space for one to ten people. Larger tents are discussed in a separate section below.

    Tents for recreational camping fall into two categories. Tents intended to be carried by backpackers are the smallest and lightest type. Small tents may be sufficiently light that they can be carried for long distances on a touring bicycle, a boat, or when backpacking.

    The second type are larger, heavier tents which are usually carried in a car or other vehicle. 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 seconds, but take somewhat longer to ‘strike’ (take down and pack).

  • Yurt

    A traditional yurt (from the Turkic languages) or ger (Mongolian) is a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by several distinct nomadic groups in the steppes of Central Asia. The structure consists of an angled assembly or latticework of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs (poles, rafters), and a wheel (crown, compression ring) possibly steam-bent. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. The top of the wall of self-supporting yurts is prevented from spreading by means of a tension band which opposes the force of the roof ribs. Modern yurts may be permanently built on a wooden platform; they may use modern materials such as steam-bent wooden framing or metal framing, canvas or tarpaulin, Plexiglas dome, wire rope, or radiant insulation.

  • Tent (noun)

    A pavilion or portable lodge consisting of skins, canvas, or some strong cloth, stretched and sustained by poles, used for sheltering people from the weather.

    “We were camping in a three-man tent.”

  • Tent (noun)

    The representation of a tent used as a bearing.

  • Tent (noun)

    A portable pulpit set up outside to accommodate worshippers who cannot fit into a church.

  • Tent (noun)

    A trouser tent; a piece of fabric, etc. protruding outward like a tent.

  • Tent (noun)

    Attention; regard, care.

  • Tent (noun)

    Intention; design.

  • Tent (noun)

    A roll of lint or linen, or a conical or cylindrical piece of sponge or other absorbent, used chiefly to dilate a natural canal, to keep open the orifice of a wound, or to absorb discharges.

  • Tent (noun)

    A probe for searching a wound.

  • Tent (noun)

    A kind of wine of a deep red color, chiefly from Galicia or Malaga in Spain; called also tent wine, and tinta.

  • Tent (verb)

    To go camping.

    “We’ll be tented at the campground this weekend.”

  • Tent (verb)

    To prop up aluminum foil in an inverted “V” (reminiscent of a pop-up tent) over food to reduce splatter, before putting it in the oven.

  • Tent (verb)

    To form into a tent-like shape.

    “The sheet tented over his midsection.”

  • Tent (verb)

    To attend to; to heed

  • Tent (verb)

    to guard; to hinder.

  • Tent (verb)

    To probe or to search with a tent; to keep open with a tent.

    “to tent a wound”

  • Yurt (noun)

    A large, round, semi-permanent tent with vertical walls and a conical roof, usually associated with Central Asia and Mongolia (where it is known as a ger).


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