1. A means of escape or release from confinement; an outlet: give vent to ones anger.
2. An opening permitting the escape of fumes, a liquid, a gas, or steam.
3. The small hole at the breech of a gun through which the charge is ignited.
4. Zoology The excretory opening of the digestive tract in animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
a. The opening of a volcano in the earths crust.
b. An opening on the ocean floor that emits hot water and dissolved minerals.
v.vent·ed, vent·ing, vents
1. To express (ones thoughts or feelings, for example), especially forcefully.
2. To release or discharge (steam, for example) through an opening.
3. To provide with a vent.
1. To vent ones feelings or opinions.
2. To be released or discharged through an opening.
3. To rise to the surface of water to breathe. Used of a marine mammal.
[Partly from French vent (from Old French) and partly alteration of French ?vent (from Old French esvent, from esventer, to let out air, from Vulgar Latin *exventre : Latin ex-; see ex- + Latin ventus, wind; see w- in Indo-European roots).]
Synonyms: vent1, express, utter1, voice, air These verbs mean to give outlet to thoughts or emotions. To vent is to unburden oneself of a strong pent-up emotion: She was jealous ... and glad of any excuse to vent her pique (Edward G.E.L. Bulwer-Lytton). Express, a more comprehensive term, refers to both verbal and nonverbal communication: found the precise words to express her idea; expressed his affection with a hug;expressing emotion in the form of art (T.S. Eliot). Utter involves vocal expression: The words were uttered in the hearing of Montezuma (William Hickling Prescott). Voice denotes the expression of outlook or viewpoint: The lawyer voiced her satisfaction with the verdict. To air is to show off ones feelings, beliefs, or ideas: They aired their differences during dinner.
A slit in a garment, as in the back seam of a jacket.
[Middle English vente, alteration (probably influenced by Old French vent, wind) of fente, from Old French, slit, from fendre, to split open, from Latin findere; see fission.]
1. a small opening for the passage or escape of fumes, liquids, etc.
2. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science) the shaft of a volcano or an aperture in the earths crust through which lava and gases erupt
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) the external opening of the urinary or genital systems of lower vertebrates
4. (Military / Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a small aperture at the breech of old guns through which the charge was ignited
5. an exit, escape, or passage
give vent to to release (an emotion, passion, idea, etc.) in an utterance or outburst
1. to release or give expression or utterance to (an emotion, idea, etc.) he vents his anger on his wife
2. to provide a vent for or make vents in
3. to let out (steam, liquid, etc.) through a vent
[from Old French esventer to blow out, from ex-1 + venter, from Vulgar Latin ventāre (unattested) to be windy, from Latin ventus wind]
(Clothing & Fashion) a vertical slit at the back or both sides of a jacket
(Clothing, Personal Arts & Crafts / Knitting & Sewing) (tr) to make a vent or vents in (a jacket)
[from Old French fente slit, from fendre to split, from Latin findere to cleave]
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.
a. The excretory opening of the digestive tract in animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Also called cloaca.
vent /vnt/ v. [T] 1 to make air or fumes escape: to vent a room of smoke2 to let go with force: He vented his anger by screaming at his dog. n. an opening used to let air or fumes escape: There is a vent from my kitchen stove to the outside of the house.