vent

1
[ vent ]
/ vɛnt /

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 forms

vent·less, adjectiveun·vent·ed, adjective

Definition for vent (2 of 2)

vent

2
[ vent ]
/ vɛnt /

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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British Dictionary definitions for vent (1 of 2)

vent

1
/ (vɛnt) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

venter, 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

British Dictionary definitions for vent (2 of 2)

vent

2
/ (vɛnt) /

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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Medicine definitions for vent

vent

[ vĕnt ]

n.

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

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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