(Ten"ant) n. [F. tenant, p. pr. of tenir to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Lieutenant.]
1. (Law) One who holds or possesses lands, or other real estate, by any kind of right, whether in fee
simple, in common, in severalty, for life, for years, or at will; also, one who has the occupation or temporary
possession of lands or tenements the title of which is in another; correlative to landlord. See Citation
from Blackstone, under Tenement, 2. Blount. Wharton.
2. One who has possession of any place; a dweller; an occupant. "Sweet tenants of this grove." Cowper.
The hhappy tenant of your shade.Cowley.
The sister tenants of the middle deep.Byron. Tenant in capite [L. in in + capite, abl. of caput head, chief.], or Tenant in chief, by the laws of
England, one who holds immediately of the king. According to the feudal system, all lands in England
are considered as held immediately or mediately of the king, who is styled lord paramount. Such tenants,
however, are considered as having the fee of the lands and permanent possession. Blackstone.
Tenant in common. See under Common.
(Ten"ant), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tenanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Tenanting.] To hold, occupy, or possess
as a tenant.
Sir Roger's estate is tenanted by persons who have served him or his ancestors.Addison.
(Ten"ant*a*ble) a. Fit to be rented; in a condition suitable for a tenant. Ten"ant*a*ble*ness,
(Ten"ant*less), a. Having no tenants; unoccupied; as, a tenantless mansion. Shak.
1. The body of tenants; as, the tenantry of a manor or a kingdom.
2. Tenancy. [Obs.] Ridley.
(Ten"ant saw`) See Tenon saw, under Tenon.
(Tench) n. [OF. tenche, F. tanche, L. tinca.] (Zoöl.) A European fresh- water fish (Tinca tinca,
or T. vulgaris) allied to the carp. It is noted for its tenacity of life.
(Tend) v. t. [See Tender to offer.] (O. Eng. Law) To make a tender of; to offer or tender. [Obs.]
(Tend), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tended; p. pr. & vb. n. Tending.] [Aphetic form of attend. See
Attend, Tend to move, and cf. Tender one that tends or attends.]
1. To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard; as,
shepherds tend their flocks. Shak.
And flaming ministers to watch and tendMilton.
Their earthly charge.
There 's not a sparrow or a wren,Emerson.
There 's not a blade of autumn grain,
Which the four seasons do not
And tides of life and increase lend.
2. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to.
Being to descendChapman.
A ladder much in height, I did not tend
My way well down.