- an opening, as in a wall, serving as an outlet for air, smoke, fumes, or the like.
- an opening at the earth's surface from which volcanic material, as lava, steam, or gas, is emitted.
- Zoology. the anal or excretory opening of animals, especially of those below mammals, as birds and reptiles.
- the small opening at the breech of a gun by which fire is communicated to the charge.
- a means of exit or escape; an outlet, as from confinement.
- expression; utterance; release: to give vent to one's emotions.
- Obsolete. the act or fact of venting; emission or discharge.
- to give free play or expression to (an emotion, passion, etc.): to vent rage.
- to give public utterance to: to vent one's opinions.
- to relieve by giving expression to something: He vented his disappointment by criticizing his successor.
- to release or discharge (liquid, smoke, etc.).
- to furnish or provide with a vent or vents.
- 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 vent1
- a slit in the back or side of a coat, jacket, or other garment, at the bottom part of a seam.
Origin of vent2
Related Words for ventduct, pipe, flue, chimney, ventilator, utter, ventilate, emit, unleash, orifice, drain, opening, spout, exit, split, aperture, hole, avenue, voice, give
Examples from the Web for vent
Contemporary Examples of vent
But now everything was a good pretext to vent the rebellious mood.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
Brown, meanwhile, took to Twitter to vent his frustration over the incident: And trouble seems to follow Knight wherever he goes.New Details Emerge in Suge Knight Shooting at Chris Brown's Pre-VMAs Party on the Sunset Strip
August 25, 2014
In the midst of riots in Ferguson, Missouri, some residents took to secret-sharing app Whisper to vent.Embarrassment, Fear, and Anger: Ferguson's Emotional Whispers
August 14, 2014
British model takes to Twitter to vent frustrations with aggressive photographers.Cara Delevingne: "Paparazzi Act Like Assassins"
April 2, 2014
Droves of attendees streamed inside to vent their emotions over the course of several days.David Best Creates a Temple Made of Memories Outside San Francisco
Debra A. Klein
February 14, 2014
Historical Examples of vent
In the burst of merriment, his pent feelings found their vent.Within the Law
He suddenly realized the necessity of a vent for his feelings.The Law-Breakers
In what form of expression his feelings would have found a vent, it is impossible to say.Barnaby Rudge
In two or three days put a bottle of brandy to every four gallons, bung it close, but leave the vent peg out a few days.
It may well be that he must vent the thing that oppressed him or be driven mad by it.Captain Blood
- 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
- 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
Word Origin for vent
- a vertical slit at the back or both sides of a jacket
- (tr) to make a vent or vents in (a jacket)
Word Origin for vent
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.
"hole, opening, outlet," 1560s, from vent (v.). Meaning "action of venting" is recorded from 1550s.
- An opening into a cavity or canal, especially one through which contents are discharged.
- 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.
- The excretory opening of the digestive tract in animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Also called cloaca
- See cloaca.
In addition to the idiom beginning with vent
- vent one's spleen
- give vent to