Pronunciation: (kamp),[key] —n. 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. See day camp. 12. See summer camp.
—v.i. 1. to establish or pitch a camp: The army camped in the valley. 2. to live temporarily in or as if in a camp or outdoors, usually for recreation (often fol. by out): They camped by the stream for a week. 3. to reside or lodge somewhere temporarily or irregularly, esp. in an apartment, room, etc.: They camped in our apartment whenever they came to town. 4. to settle down securely and comfortably; become ensconced: The kids camped on our porch until the rain stopped. 5. to take up a position stubbornly: They camped in front of the president's office.
—v.t. to put or station (troops) in a camp; shelter.
Pronunciation: (kamp),[key] —n. 1. something that provides sophisticated, knowing amusement, as by virtue of its being artlessly mannered or stylized, self-consciously artificial and extravagant, or teasingly ingenuous and sentimental.
2. a person who adopts a teasing, theatrical manner, esp. for the amusement of others.
—v.i. Also,camp it up.to speak or behave in a coquettishly playful or extravagantly theatrical manner.
—adj. campy: camp Hollywood musicals of the 1940s.
Pronunciation: (kamp),[key] —n. Walter Chaun•cey Pronunciation: (chôn'sē, chän'-),[key] 1859–1925, U.S. football coach and author.