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Princeton's WordNet

  1. camping, encampment, bivouacking, tentingnoun

    the act of encamping and living in tents in a camp


  1. campingnoun

    activity of camping

    Camping is a favorite summer activity.


  1. Camping

    Camping is a form of outdoor recreation involving overnight stays with a basic temporary shelter such as a tent. Camping can also include a recreational vehicle, a permanent tent, a shelter such as a bivy or tarp, or no shelter at all. Typically, participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors, in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment or an educational experience. Spending the night away from home distinguishes camping from day-tripping, picnicking, and other outdoor activities. Camping as a recreational activity became popular among elites in the early 20th century. With time, it grew in popularity among other socioeconomic classes. Modern campers frequent publicly owned natural resources such as national and state parks, wilderness areas, and commercial campgrounds. In a few countries, such as Sweden and Scotland, public camping is legal on privately held land as well. Camping is a key part of many youth organizations around the world, such as Scouting, which use it to teach both self-reliance and teamwork.


  1. camping

    Camping is an outdoor recreational activity where individuals or groups temporarily set up a shelter, such as tents or RVs, in a designated camping area, typically in a natural environment such as forests, mountains, or near bodies of water. It involves staying overnight and engaging in various outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, cooking over a campfire, and enjoying the surrounding nature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Camping

    of Camp

  2. Campingnoun

    lodging in a camp

  3. Campingnoun

    a game of football

  4. Etymology: [See Camp, n., 6]


  1. Camping

    Camping is an outdoor recreational activity. The participants leave urban areas, their home region, or civilization and enjoy nature while spending one or several nights outdoors, usually at a campsite. Camping may involve the use of a tent, caravan, motorhome, cabin, a primitive structure, or no shelter at all. Camping as a recreational activity became popular in the early 20th century. Campers frequent national or state parks, other publicly owned natural areas, and privately owned campgrounds. Camping is a key part of many youth organizations around the world, such as scouting. It is used to teach self-reliance and teamwork. Camping is also used as an inexpensive form of accommodation for people attending large open air events such as sporting meetings and music festivals. Organizers often provide a field and other basic amenities.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Camping

    Living outdoors as a recreational activity.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Camping is ranked #122314 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Camping surname appeared 141 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Camping.

    93.6% or 132 total occurrences were White.
    4.9% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of camping in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of camping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of camping in a Sentence

  1. Kara Davidson:

    People are always asking how cats don't just run away in fear when you take them camping or hiking, i think many people perceive cats as lazy or anxious creatures that would be too scared to go outside and enjoy themselves. In reality, most cats enjoy the outdoors just as much as dogs.

  2. Scott Kelly:

    It is a harsh environment. For instance, having no running water, it’s like I’ve been in the woods camping for a year.

  3. David Lamfrom:

    People are walking off trails, bringing their dogs, people are trampling and destroying the things they want to preserve without knowing it. ... People are camping where they want or showing up really early or late at certain watering holes so animals like bighorn sheep won't come down to drink.

  4. Mary Brittingham:

    I asked him, 'How do I explain this to people who are going to think I'm fragile? I really am not. I feel like actually pretty tough.' He told me that being fragile had nothing to do with it, and that one woman had eight episodes without dying, my favorite story he told me to make me feel better was about a woman who was camping with her husband and decided to dye her hair while he was off fishing.

  5. Elisa Glick:

    I support the students who are still camping out and fighting for racial justice on campus.

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