vent

1
[vent]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be relieved of pressure or discharged by means of a vent.
(of an otter or other animal) to rise to the surface of the water to breathe.

Origin of vent

1
1350–1400; (v.) Middle English venten to furnish (a vessel) with a vent, by aphesis < Old French esventer (es- ex1 + -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 formsvent·less, adjectiveun·vent·ed, adjective

vent

2
[vent]

noun

a slit in the back or side of a coat, jacket, or other garment, at the bottom part of a seam.

Origin of vent

2
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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vent

1

noun

a small opening for the passage or escape of fumes, liquids, etc
the shaft of a volcano or an aperture in the earth's crust through which lava and gases erupt
the external opening of the urinary or genital systems of lower vertebrates
a small aperture at the breech of old guns through which the charge was ignited
an exit, escape, or passage
give vent to to release (an emotion, passion, idea, etc) in an utterance or outburst

verb (mainly tr)

to release or give expression or utterance to (an emotion, idea, etc)he vents his anger on his wife
to provide a vent for or make vents in
to let out (steam, liquid, etc) through a vent
Derived Formsventer, nounventless, adjective

Word Origin for vent

C14: from Old French esventer to blow out, from ex- 1 + venter, from Vulgar Latin ventāre (unattested) to be windy, from Latin ventus wind

vent

2

noun

a vertical slit at the back or both sides of a jacket

verb

(tr) to make a vent or vents in (a jacket)

Word Origin for vent

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

[vĕnt]

n.

An opening into a cavity or canal, especially one through which contents are discharged.
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vent in Science

vent

[vĕnt]

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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Idioms and Phrases with vent

vent

In addition to the idiom beginning with vent

  • vent one's spleen

also see:

  • give vent to
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