- an opening or passage by which anything is let out; vent; exit.
- a point on a wiring system at which current is taken to supply electric devices.
- Also called outlet box.the metal box or receptacle designed to facilitate connections to a wiring system.
- a means of expression or satisfaction: an outlet for one's artistic impulses.
- a market for goods.
- a store, merchant, or agency selling the goods of a particular wholesaler or manufacturer.
- a local radio or television station that broadcasts the programs of a large network.
- a river or stream flowing from a body of water, as a lake or pond.
- the channel such a river or stream follows.
- the lower end or mouth of a river where it meets a large body of water, as a lake or the sea.
Origin of outlet
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Examples from the Web for outlet
With no family, little community support, and no outlet for education, they face a bleak future.Liberia’s Ebola Orphans
October 14, 2014
Novellas, movies, rants, columns, docudramas—creative lefties left no outlet unturned.The Strange World of Political Assassination Fantasies
September 24, 2014
He said Diana was looking for “an outlet to take them on,” adding, “They were quite a powerful organization: they still are.”Diana Leaked Royal Phone Numbers
Tom Sykes, Peter Jukes
March 13, 2014
Film was an outlet, and the intricately crafted pieces—regardless of who made them—told their own stories.Barbara Tfank: The Red Carpet Radical
March 2, 2014
The outlet was almost shut down entirely in the early 2000s.Banter With The Beast: MSNBC’s Head Honcho Phil Griffin on Admiring Roger Ailes and More
January 30, 2014
This fjord has its outlet in Barkley Sound on the west side of the island.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
In man, the gateway to the soul; in woman, the outlet of the heart.The Devil's Dictionary
There was also an outlet to the street to carry off the overflow.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
No water could be seen, however, as a sharp turn cut off our view of the outlet.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
We were prisoners there with no outlet, and so our death was only a question of time.
- an opening or vent permitting escape or release
- a means for release or expression of emotion, creative energy, etc
- a market for a product or service
- a commercial establishment retailing the goods of a particular producer or wholesaler
- a channel that drains a body of water
- the mouth of a river
- a point in a wiring system from which current can be taken to supply electrical devices
- anatomy the beginning or end of a passage, esp the lower opening of the pelvis (pelvic outlet)
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Word Origin and History for outlet
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