• WordNet 3.6
    • adj camp 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"
    • v camp give an artificially banal or sexual quality to
    • v camp establish or set up a camp
    • v camp 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"
    • n camp temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers "wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling"
    • n camp temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers "level ground is best for parking and camp areas"
    • n camp a penal institution (often for forced labor) "China has many camps for political prisoners"
    • n camp 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"
    • n camp shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs
    • n camp something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality "the living room was pure camp"
    • n camp an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    • n camp a group of people living together in a camp "the whole camp laughed at his mistake"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Winter Logging Camp. Itasco County, Minnesota Winter Logging Camp. Itasco County, Minnesota
Walter Camp Walter Camp
Hobey Baker; Walter Camp, Jr.; Snake Ames, Jr Hobey Baker; Walter Camp, Jr.; Snake Ames, Jr
The Night at the Sugar Camp The Night at the Sugar Camp

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Van Camp's Pork and Beans were a staple food for Union soldiers in the Civil War.
    • Camp A collection of tents, huts, etc., for shelter, commonly arranged in an orderly manner. "Forming a camp in the neighborhood of Boston."
    • Camp (Agric) A mound of earth in which potatoes and other vegetables are stored for protection against frost; -- called also burrow and pie.
    • Camp A single hut or shelter; as, a hunter's camp .
    • Camp An ancient game of football, played in some parts of England.
    • Camp 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."
    • Camp The ground or spot on which tents, huts, etc., are erected for shelter, as for an army or for lumbermen, etc.
    • v. t Camp kămp 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."
    • Camp To pitch or prepare a camp; to encamp; to lodge in a camp; -- often with out. "They camped out at night, under the stars."
    • Camp To play the game called camp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Escape maps, compasses, and files were inserted into Monopoly game boards and smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during W.W.II; real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of Monopoly money.
    • n camp Conflict; battle.
    • n camp An English form of the game of foot-ball. It was played by two parties of twelve men, ranged in two lines 120 yards apart. A ball was laid in the middle, and on a given signal each party rushed forward to kick or throw it to the opposite goal.
    • camp To fight; contend in battle or in any kind of contest; hence, to strive with others in doing anything.
    • camp To wrangle; argue.
    • camp To play at the game of camp.
    • n camp A place where an army or other body of men is or has been encamped; the collection of tents or other temporary structures for the accommodation of a number of men, particularly troops in a temporary station; an encampment. When an army in the field is to remain for some time at a particular spot, it may be stationed in an intrenched camp, surrounded by earthworks, redoubts, etc. A flying camp is an encampment occupied for a very brief period. The camps of the ancient Roman soldiers, even though for a stay of only a night, were of the intrenched class, customarily in the shape of a rectangle surrounded by a foss (fossa), with a stake-faced embankment (vallum) on the inside. In the typical Roman camp there were four gates, one at each side and one at each end, and the interior was divided into streets. The broadest street, 100 feet wide, ran between the side gates. The other streets, 50 feet wide, ran at right angles to this from end to end of the camp. A camp of instruction is a camp formed for the reception of troops who are sent to be trained in manœuvering in large bodies and in campaigning duties In general. There are permanent camps of this kind at Aldershot in England, and at Châlons-sur-Marne in France.
    • n camp A body of troops or other persons encamping together; an army with its camp-equipment.
    • n camp In British agri., a heap of turnips, potatoes, or other roots laid up in a trench and thickly covered with straw and earth for preservation through the winter. In some places called a pit, in others a bury.
    • camp To put into or lodge in a camp, as an army; encamp.
    • camp To afford camping-ground for; afford rest or lodging to.
    • camp To bury in pits, as potatoes; pit.
    • camp To establish or make a camp; go into camp: sometimes with down.
    • camp To live in a camp, as an army: as, we camped there three days.
    • camp To live temporarily in a tent or tents or in rude places of shelter, as for health or pleasure: generally with out.
    • n camp A caterpillar.
    • camp To surpass, excel, or outrank (others) in a contest. Compare kemp.
    • n camp A mustering place for cattle.
    • n camp [capitalized] In the early history of Australian colonization, the name popularly applied to Sydney, New South Wales, and to Hobart in Tasmania, the British forces being stationed in those places.
    • n camp A camping-out expedition, as for fishing, shooting, recreation, or the like; a camp-out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Camp kamp the ground on which an army pitch their tents: the tents of an army, quarters generally, a permanent military station, as at Aldershot: any fortified site in which a force once defended itself, as a Roman or British camp: any temporary quarters for travellers, &c
    • v.i Camp to encamp or pitch tents
    • n Camp kamp (obs.) conflict: an old form of the game of football
    • v.i Camp to fight, struggle
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  • Thomas E. Dewey
    Thomas E. Dewey
    “If you're not in New York, you're camping out.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Camp is a vision of the world in terms of style -- but a particular kind of style. It is love of the exaggerated.”
  • Mao Zedong
    “The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.”


Have a foot in both camps - Someone who plays a part or who is involved in two different groups of people, opinions, ways of thinking or living, etc, has a foot in both camps.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. camp, It. campo, fr. L. campus, plant, field; akin to Gr. kh^pos garden. Cf. Campaign Champ (n.)


In literature:

And, in truth, this evening camp on the crest of the Rockies in British Columbia was the result of his negotiations.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Each fall they would leave their towns and fields for winter hunting camps in the West.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Well, you better get busy, and we'll play we're in camp.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Chickens have been known to stray into camp, the result of a night's foraging.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
My first introduction to an Iowa winter was in a surveyor's camp on the western borders of the state.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
Chief Scout Camp Master.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
He was very pious and used to hold prayer meetings in his tent, conducted after the manner of the services at a camp meeting.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
The camp to which he was riding was a wretched enough place.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Whistling loudly, I set about making camp.
"A Mountain Boyhood" by Joe Mills
At noon, they camped for an hour, and then, with scarcely a word, took up the trail again.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams

In poetry:

They camped and went to sleep
In the last twilight
Of Indian gods;
And they can't wake.
"Men In New Mexico" by D H Lawrence
The long hot day gone over,
And starlight come again;
And I, weary rover,
Lie camped on One Tree Plain.
"Jack Cornstalk as a Poet" by Henry Lawson
"I like to have vacation,
I like to camp and roam;
But mostly, in a curious way,
I like the coming home.
"September" by Nancy Byrd Turner
By diggers’ camps
Ben Duggan sped—
At each he cried, “Jack Denver’s dead!
Roll up at Talbragar!”
"Talbragar" by Henry Lawson
No proud heraldic trumpet
Acclaimed him on his way;
Their court and camp have perished;
The songs live on for ay.
"Shakespeare's Kingdom" by Alfred Noyes
From Israel's camp it cometh,
For Israel hath rebelled;
And these are cries of anguish,
By wrath of God impelled.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Sending a child off to camp for the first time can stir up strong feelings of parental worry that a camp director has to help manage.
Camp director David Mitnick of Camp Milldale in Greater Baltimore has rounded up a great selection of Passover links.
Camp Chocolate at the French Pastry SchoolWhat could be better than pastry camp.
The event will raise money for The Painted Turtle, a camp co-founded by Paul Newman that provides year-round camp experiences for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
American Camp Association Supports Healthy Camp Experiences.
CAMPS-TRADITIONAL Camp Pee Wee offers an exciting experience for campers ages 2-4.
Greensburg — Camp Riley empowers children with physical disabilities by providing enriching, life-changing experiences in a traditional camping environment tailored to their individual needs.
A benefit fall festival is planned for Camp Placid , 224 Camp Placid Road, Blountville, Saturday, Oct 20, from 8 am to 5 p.m.
Address French Camp French Camp MS 39745 United States.
Camp Snapshot US Sports Camps San Rafael, Calif
State Laws for Camps - find out the camp related laws and regulations in your state.
Vikings Training Camp Posted: Aug 01, 2012 Jay Glazer makes a stop at Vikings camp and gives an update on Adrian Peterson.
If you post photos for camp parents to view, you've probably handled complaints from well-meaning parents who spend a lot of time scouring through your camp's photos, often watching them upload, one by one.
Bryan'ts pre-training camp arrest has not affected the third-year wide receiver's play so far in training camp, and coach Jason Garrett points to one factor: conditioning.
Understand the Importance of the Camp Experience Youth Development & the Camp Experience.

In science:

Lin’s camp came to this point several years later (example 3). I never saw any references to these results in papers of C.C.
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Lin’s camp came to this point several years later (example 4).
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Lin’s camp came to this point several years later (see Mark (1976) and references therein).
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Later, in the 1970s this fact was re-discovered in Lin’s camp papers on ultra harmonic resonances.
West-Side Story (On the History of Density-Wave Spiral Theories in the 1960s)
Another turning point was reached in 2000 when Camp et al.
Magnetic properties of colloidal suspensions of interacting magnetic particles