• WordNet 3.6
    • n venter a bulging body part (as the belly of a muscle)
    • n venter the womb "`in venter' is legal terminology for `conceived but not yet born'"
    • n venter the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    • n venter a speaker who expresses or gives vent to a personal opinion or grievance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Venter (Anat) A belly, or protuberant part; a broad surface; as, the venter of a muscle; the venter, or anterior surface, of the scapula.
    • Venter (Rom. & O. E. Law) A pregnant woman; a mother; as, A has a son B by one venter, and a daughter C by another venter; children by different venters.
    • n Venter One who vents; one who utters, reports, or publishes.
    • Venter (Anat) The belly; the abdomen; -- sometimes applied to any large cavity containing viscera.
    • Venter (Zoöl) The lower part of the abdomen in insects.
    • Venter (Anat) The uterus, or womb.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n venter In the coiled nautiloid cephalopod shell, such as Nautilus and the ammonites, the outer or peripheral portion of the whorls. The determination of the ventral side or venter is based on the presence of the hyponomic sinus or the curved lines which represent the position of that sinus. The siphuncle in a great majority of cases is ventral, but there are exceptions in the mature state, as in Clymenia, where it is dorsal, and it may be dorsal in early growth stages, changing its position to the venter in later growth. In the straight or curved shells of the Tetrabranchiata, such as Orthoceras, the venter can rarely be determined and only by the indication of the hyponomic sinus of its curves.
    • n venter One who vents or gives vent (to); one who utters, reports, or publishes.
    • n venter The womb; and hence, in legal language, mother: as, A has a son B by one venter, and a daughter C by another venter; children by different venters.
    • n venter In anatomy and zoology the belly; the abdomen. Hence— The whole ventral aspect or surface of the body, opposite the back: opposed to dorsum.
    • n venter Tn ornithology, the lower belly or abdomen, considered as to its surface.
    • n venter In entomology: The lower part of the abdomen.
    • n venter The under surface: as, the venter of the caterpillar.
    • n venter In botany, the enlarged basal part of an archegonium, in which the oöphore is formed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Venter one who vents or publishes
    • n Venter ven′tėr the belly, abdomen.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

It was hard," he added reflectively; "I had staked my fortune on the venter, and we'd got enough skins to make us rich.
"The Crossing" by Winston Churchill
Had Venters become Lassiter and Lassiter Venters?
"Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey
I became exceedingly good friends with a man named Venters, who had recently come to Beaumont.
"The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
But I venter to assert that she's rippin things.
"The Complete Works of Artemus Ward" by Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
J., Tilton, H., Venters, L., Venters, J., Whitehead, N.M., Whitehead.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
Found another very sick girlie, 532, Venter; took orange wine, arrowroot, milk; but I doubt whether she'll "make it"; too far gone.
"Woman's Endurance" by A.D.L.
So I said that I wuz a-goin' to venter out.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
We soon resumed our journey, and that night arrived at a farm belonging to a certain Venter.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
The battalion halted close to Venter's Spruit, and had a piquet ('H' company) on the Trichardt's Drift road.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
How dast I venter there alone?
"Samantha at Coney Island" by Marietta Holley
On January 24, 1915, the rebels made their last sally, attacking Colonel Van der Venter at Upington.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Do you feel up to it, my lad, as if you could venter?
"Commodore Junk" by George Manville Fenn
All 42 specimens from Finca Los Alpes, Guatemala, have dark brown spots and flecks on the venter.
"A Review of the Middle American Tree Frogs of the Genus Ptychohyla" by William E. Duellman
It now transpired that he had not reached Venter's farm.
"The White Hecatomb" by William Charles Scully
The venters are Reddish Yellow (7.5YR 8/6).
"Geographic Variation in the Pocket Gopher, Thomys bottae, in Colorado" by Phillip M. Youngman
Dark brown spots are present on the flanks; the venter and posterior surfaces of the thighs are tan without dark spots.
"A Synopsis of Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Osteocephalus" by Linda Trueb
The juvenal pelage is uniformly dusky gray throughout except for the paler gray on the venter.
"Speciation and Evolution of the Pygmy Mice, Genus Baiomys" by Robert L. Packard
Tending toward the development of a tricolor pattern, the back darkest, the sides buffy, and the venter paler.
"Speciation of the Wandering Shrew" by James S. Findley
Stuart made no mention of variation in the color of the venter.
"Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala" by William E. Duellman
But I venter to assert that she's rippin things.
"Why Lincoln Laughed" by Russell Herman Conwell

In poetry:

There's a slice near the PICKEREL'S pectoral fins,
Where the thorax leaves off and the venter begins,
Which his brother, survivor of fish-hooks and lines,
Though fond of his family, never declines.
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

What Dr Venter did on his holidays.
Craig Venter Institute to Beta Test Beckman Coulter's SPRIworks Fragment Library System.
If you want to be immortal , said Craig Venter, co-sequencer of the human genome and noted recently for having created a new life form, do something useful with your life.
Obviously, the most impressive is yesterday's homer against Jonny Venters.
How Craig Venter Tried to Capture.
"It's a 3-D printer for DNA, a 3-D printer for life," Venter said here today at the inaugural Wired Health Conference in New York City.
Craig Venter 's Bugs Might Save the World.
In the menagerie of Craig Venter 's imagination, tiny bugs will save the world.
They will be custom bugs, designer bugs — bugs that only Venter can create.
Craig Venter Negotiates with UCSD.
Craig Venter Institute creates first synthetic life form.
First Replicating Cell Driven by Synthetic Genome Created by Venter Institute.
Wired Science has ferreted out the secret amino acid messages contained in "watermarks" that were embedded in the world's first manmade bacterial genome, announced last week by the J. Craig Venter Institute.
Venter 's genome could be the gold standard for many years, especially if he continues to improve it.
Professional technical writer Jillian Venters is known as the "Goth at the office".

In science:

Venter JC, Adams MD, Myers EW, Li PW, Mural RJ, et al., (2001) The Sequence of the Human Genome. Science, 291:1304-1351. Heinemann U (2000) Structural genomics in Europe: slow start, strong finish.
Nano-Biotechnology: Structure and Dynamics of Nanoscale Biosystems
Venter J, Remington K, Heidelberg J, Halpern A, Rusch D, Eisen J, Wu D, Paulsen I, Nelson K, Nelson W, et al.: Environmental genome shotgun sequencing of the Sargasso Sea.
pplacer: linear time maximum-likelihood and Bayesian phylogenetic placement of sequences onto a fixed reference tree
Traditionally, the EGRB is then used to constrain the evolution of the luminosity density of VHEGR sources (see, e.g., Narumoto & Totani 2006; Kneiske & Mannheim 2008; Inoue & Totani 2009; Venters 2010).
The Cosmological Impact of Luminous TeV Blazars III: Implications for Galaxy Clusters and the Formation of Dwarf Galaxies
In addition, unresolved blazars are also guaranteed to play a role (e.g., Stecker & Venters 2011).
Inverse Compton Contribution to the Star-Forming Extragalactic Gamma-Ray Background
Springer, New York DuPreez JP, Swanepoel JWH, Venter JH, Somerville PN (1985) Some properties of Somerville’s multiple range subset selection procedure for three populations.
Frequentist and Bayesian measures of confidence via multiscale bootstrap for testing three regions
Van de Venter, G., and Michayluk, D. A longitudinal study of financial risk tolerance.
Turnover, account value and diversification of real traders: evidence of collective portfolio optimizing behavior