- Vent is something that lets air in and out.
An example of vent is the part of your air conditioning system where the cool air blows out.
- To vent is to complain about something you are annoyed or angry about in order to relieve some of your anger.
An example of vent is when you call your friend and whine to her about how your husband never unloads the dishwasher.
Air conditioning vents in a car.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- Rare the action of escaping or passing out, or the means or opportunity to do this; issue; outlet
- expression; release: giving vent to emotion
- a small hole or opening to permit passage or escape, as of a gas
- ☆ a small triangular window or, now esp., an opening on or beneath the dashboard, for letting air into the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle
- in early guns, the small hole at the breech through which a spark passes to set off the charge
- the opening in a volcano from which gas and molten rock erupt
- Zool. the excretory opening in animals; esp., the external opening of the cloaca in birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes
Origin: Middle English venten from Old French venter, to blow (or aphetic from Old French esventer, to expose to the air, let out from es-, out plush venter) from Vulgar Latin an unverified form ventare from Classical Latin ventus, wind
- to make a vent in or provide a vent for
- to allow (steam, gas, etc.) to escape through an opening
- to give release or expression to
- to relieve or unburden by giving vent to feelings: to vent oneself in curses
Origin: Middle English vent, altered (infl. by vent) from fente from Old French from Vulgar Latin an unverified form findita, feminine past participle , for Classical Latin fissus, past participle of findere, to split: see fission
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- A means of escape or release from confinement; an outlet: give vent to one's anger.
- An opening permitting the escape of fumes, a liquid, a gas, or steam.
- The small hole at the breech of a gun through which the charge is ignited.
- Zoology The excretory opening of the digestive tract in animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
- Geology a. The opening of a volcano in the earth's crust.b. An opening on the ocean floor that emits hot water and dissolved minerals.
- To express (one's thoughts or feelings, for example), especially forcefully.
- To release or discharge (steam, for example) through an opening.
- To provide with a vent.
- To vent one's feelings or opinions.
- To be released or discharged through an opening.
- To rise to the surface of water to breathe. Used of a marine mammal.
Origin: Partly from French vent (from Old French) and partly alteration of French évent (from Old French esvent, from esventer, to let out air, from Vulgar Latin *exventāre : Latin ex-; see ex- + Latin ventus, wind; see wē- in Indo-European roots).
- ventˈer noun
Origin: Middle English vente, alteration (probably influenced by Old French vent, wind) of fente, from Old French, slit, from fendre, to split open, from Latin findere; see fission.
vent - Medical Definition
vent - Phrases/Idioms
vent - Science Definition
- 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.
- a. The excretory opening of the digestive tract in animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Also called cloaca.b. See cloaca.
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