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[ vent ]
/ vɛnt /
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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.
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Origin of vent

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English verb venten “to furnish (a vessel) with a vent,” by shortening of Old French esventer (equivalent to es- + -venter, verbal derivative of vent, from Latin ventus “wind”), in later use derivative of the English noun; noun partly from French vent, partly by shortening of French évent (Old French esvent, derivative of esventer ), and partly derivative of the English verb; see ex-1, wind1

OTHER WORDS FROM vent

ventless, adjectiveun·vent·ed, adjective

Other definitions for vent (2 of 2)

vent2
[ 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

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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)

vent1
/ (vɛnt) /

noun
verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of vent

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)

vent2
/ (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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Medical definitions for vent

vent
[ vĕnt ]

n.
An opening into a cavity or canal, especially one through which contents are discharged.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific 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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