vent


1vent

verb \ˈvent\

: to allow (something, such as smoke or gas) to go out through an opening

: to express (an emotion) usually in a loud or angry manner

Full Definition of VENT

transitive verb
1
:  to provide with a vent
2
a :  to serve as a vent for <chimneys vent smoke>
b :  discharge, expel
c :  to give often vigorous or emotional expression to <vented her frustration on her coworkers>
3
:  to relieve by means of a vent <vented himself in a fiery letter to the editor>
intransitive verb
:  to relieve oneself by venting something (as anger) <comes home from work and vents to the kids>

Examples of VENT

  1. Windows should be opened to vent the fumes.
  2. She vented her frustrations by kicking the car.
  3. Don't vent your anger on me.
  4. I screamed because I needed to vent.

Origin of VENT

Middle English, in part from 2vent, in part short for aventen to release (air), from Anglo-French aventer, alteration of Old French esventer to air, from es- ex- (from Latin ex-) + vent wind, from Latin ventus — more at wind
First Known Use: 14th century

2vent

noun

Definition of VENT

1
:  an opening for the escape of a gas or liquid or for the relief of pressure: as
a :  the external opening of the rectum or cloaca :  anus
b (1) :  pipe 3c, fumarole
(2) :  hydrothermal vent
c :  an opening at the breech of a muzzle-loading gun through which fire is touched to the powder
d chiefly Scottish :  chimney, flue
2
:  an opportunity or means of escape, passage, or release :  outlet <finally gave vent to his pent-up hostility>
vent·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of VENT

Middle English, anus, outlet, probably from Anglo-French, wind, draft, outlet
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

3vent

noun

Definition of VENT

:  a slit in a garment; specifically :  an opening in the lower part of a seam (as of a jacket or skirt)
vent·less adjective

Origin of VENT

Middle English vente, alteration of fente, from Middle French, slit, fissure, from fendre to split, from Latin findere — more at bite
First Known Use: 15th century

vent

noun \ˈvent\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VENT

: an opening for the escape of a gas or liquid or for the relief of pressure; especially : the external opening of the rectum or cloaca : anus

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