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[vent] /vɛnt/
noun
1.
an opening, as in a wall, serving as an outlet for air, smoke, fumes, or the like.
2.
an opening at the earth's surface from which volcanic material, as lava, steam, or gas, is emitted.
3.
Zoology. the anal or excretory opening of animals, especially of those below mammals, as birds and reptiles.
4.
the small opening at the breech of a gun by which fire is communicated to the charge.
5.
a means of exit or escape; an outlet, as from confinement.
6.
expression; utterance; release:
to give vent to one's emotions.
7.
Obsolete. the act or fact of venting; emission or discharge.
verb (used with object)
8.
to give free play or expression to (an emotion, passion, etc.):
to vent rage.
9.
to give public utterance to:
to vent one's opinions.
10.
to relieve by giving expression to something:
He vented his disappointment by criticizing his successor.
11.
to release or discharge (liquid, smoke, etc.).
12.
to furnish or provide with a vent or vents.
verb (used without object)
13.
to be relieved of pressure or discharged by means of a vent.
14.
(of an otter or other animal) to rise to the surface of the water to breathe.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (v.) Middle English venten to furnish (a vessel) with a vent, by aphesis < Old French esventer (es- ex- + -venter, verbal derivative of vent < Latin ventus wind1), in later use derivative of the E noun; (noun) partly < French vent (< Latin ventus), partly by aphesis < French évent (Old French esvent, derivative of esventer), partly derivative of the E v.
Related forms
ventless, adjective
unvented, adjective

vent2

[vent] /vɛnt/
noun
1.
a slit in the back or side of a coat, jacket, or other garment, at the bottom part of a seam.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English vente; replacing Middle English fente < Middle French, derivative of fendre to slit < Latin findere to split
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Examples for vent
  • Ideally, the vent should be centered under the roof peak.
  • Organizational culture is successful when complaints are allowed adequately to vent steam.
  • These creatures are able to survive without sunlight because of the heat and minerals provided by the vent.
  • Water issues from a vent at temperatures that can exceed boiling.
  • The old vent is to the right in the image and new to the left.
  • To test the vent safely, first close the supply valve that admits steam to the radiator.
  • vent if you need to at your meetings, but do it constructively and keep a cap on it.
  • The site also offers excellent background information on vent biology, plate tectonics and other topics in geology.
  • One day he forgot to vent some of his bottles properly and they blew up.
  • The eruption paved over some of the area's hydrothermal vent communities with lava.
British Dictionary definitions for vent

vent1

/vɛnt/
noun
1.
a small opening for the passage or escape of fumes, liquids, etc
2.
the shaft of a volcano or an aperture in the earth's crust through which lava and gases erupt
3.
the external opening of the urinary or genital systems of lower vertebrates
4.
a small aperture at the breech of old guns through which the charge was ignited
5.
an exit, escape, or passage
6.
give vent to, to release (an emotion, passion, idea, etc) in an utterance or outburst
verb (mainly transitive)
7.
to release or give expression or utterance to (an emotion, idea, etc) he vents his anger on his wife
8.
to provide a vent for or make vents in
9.
to let out (steam, liquid, etc) through a vent
Derived Forms
venter, noun
ventless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French esventer to blow out, from ex-1 + venter, from Vulgar Latin ventāre (unattested) to be windy, from Latin ventus wind

vent2

/vɛnt/
noun
1.
a vertical slit at the back or both sides of a jacket
verb
2.
(transitive) to make a vent or vents in (a jacket)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French fente slit, from fendre to split, from Latin findere to cleave
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Word Origin and History for vent
v.

late 14c., "emit from a confined space," probably a shortening of Old French eventer "let out, expose to air," from Vulgar Latin *exventare, from Latin ex- "out" + ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)). Sense of "express freely" first recorded 1590s. Sense of "divulge, publish" (1590s) is behind phrase vent one's spleen (see spleen). Related: Vented; venting.

n.

"hole, opening, outlet," 1560s, from vent (v.). Meaning "action of venting" is recorded from 1550s.

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vent in Medicine

vent (věnt)
n.
An opening into a cavity or canal, especially one through which contents are discharged.

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vent in Science
vent
  (věnt)   
  1. An opening, and the conduit leading to it, in the side or at the top of a volcano, permitting the escape of fumes, a liquid, a gas, or steam.

    1. The excretory opening of the digestive tract in animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Also called cloaca.

    2. See cloaca.


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Slang definitions & phrases for vent

vent

verb

(also ventilate) To relieve one's feelings by vehement expression; let it all hang out: Last year the critics vented madly about all the great shows the networks killed/ Alvin ventilated, complaining about the prosecutors, his business partners, the intolerance of his wife (1990s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with vent
In addition to the idiom beginning with vent also see: give vent to
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