abat–vent

noun \ˌäˌbäˈväⁿ, F ȧbȧväⁿ\

Definition of abat–vent

plural

abat–vents

\-äⁿz, F -äⁿ\
  1. 1 :  a series of sloping boards used (as in a belfry light) to break the wind without obstructing the passage of air or sound

  2. 2 :  a sloping roof (as of a penthouse)

  3. 3 :  a metal chimney cap

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Origin and Etymology of abat–vent

borrowed from French, literally, “(it) strikes down (abat) the wind (vent),” from abattre “to strike down” + vent “wind,” going back to Old French, going back to Latin ventus — more at abate, wind


First Known Use: 1860


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