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Meaning of VENT

Pronunciation:  vent

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate
  2. [n]  a hole for the escape of gas or air
  3. [n]  a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt
  4. [v]  expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen; "air the old winter clothes"; "air out the smoke-filled rooms"
  5. [v]  give expression or utterance to; "She vented her anger"; "The graduates gave vent to cheers"

VENT is a 4 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: air, air out, blowhole, give vent, venthole, ventilate, ventilate, volcano
 See Also: air duct, air passage, airway, cleft, crack, crevice, evince, express, fissure, freshen, hole, opening, orifice, porta, refresh, scissure, show, smoke hole



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vent\, n. [F. vente, fr. L. vendere, -itum, to sell; perh.
    confused with E. vent an opening. See {Vend}.]
    Sale; opportunity to sell; market. [Obs.] --Shelton.
          There is no vent for any commodity but of wool. --Sir
                                                   W. Temple.
  2. \Vent\, v. t.
    To sell; to vend. [Obs.]
          Therefore did those nations vent such spice. --Sir W.
  3. \Vent\, n. [Sp. venta a poor inn, sale, market. See {Vent}
    A baiting place; an inn. [Obs.]
  4. \Vent\, v. i. [Cf. F. venter to blow, vent wind (see
    {Ventilate}); but prob influenced by E. vent an opening.]
    To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  5. \Vent\, n. [OE. fent, fente, a slit, F. fente a slit,
    cleft, fissure, from fendre to split, L. findere; but
    probably confused with F. vent wind, L. ventus. See
    {Fissure}, and cf. Vent to snuff.]
    1. A small aperture; a hole or passage for air or any fluid
       to escape; as, the vent of a cask; the vent of a mold; a
       volcanic vent.
             Look, how thy wounds do bleed at many vents. --Shak.
             Long't was doubtful, both so closely pent, Which
             first should issue from the narrow vent. --Pope.
    2. Specifically:
       (a) (Zo["o]l.) The anal opening of certain invertebrates
           and fishes; also, the external cloacal opening of
           reptiles, birds, amphibians, and many fishes.
       (b) (Gun.) The opening at the breech of a firearm, through
           which fire is communicated to the powder of the
           charge; touchhole.
       (c) (Steam Boilers) Sectional area of the passage for
           gases divided by the length of the same passage in
    3. Fig.: Opportunity of escape or passage from confinement or
       privacy; outlet.
    4. Emission; escape; passage to notice or expression;
       publication; utterance.
             Without the vent of words.            --Milton.
             Thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel.
    {To give vent to}, to suffer to escape; to let out; to pour
       forth; as, to give vent to anger.
    {To take vent}, to escape; to be made public. [R.]
    {Vent feather} (Zo["o]l.), one of the anal, or crissal,
       feathers of a bird.
    {Vent field} (Gun.), a flat raised surface around a vent.
    {Vent piece}. (Gun.)
       (a) A bush. See 4th {Bush}, n., 2.
       (b) A breech block.
  6. \Vent\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vented}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To let out at a vent, or small aperture; to give passage
       or outlet to.
    2. To suffer to escape from confinement; to let out; to
       utter; to pour forth; as, to vent passion or complaint.
             The queen of heaven did thus her fury vent.
    3. To utter; to report; to publish. [Obs.]
             By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies. --Milton.
             Thou hast framed and vented very curious orations.
    4. To scent, as a hound. [Obs.] --Turbervile.
    5. To furnish with a vent; to make a vent in; as, to vent. a