Ventage

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ventage A small hole, as the stop in a flute; a vent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ventage A small hole; specifically, in musical instruments of the wood wind group, a vent or finger-hole.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ventage (Shak.) a vent, a small hole
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Altered form of fent, M. E. fente—O. Fr. fente, a slit.

Usage

In literature:

I know my character as the musician knows the ventages of his flute.
"The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables" by Robert Louis Stevenson
III.ii.373 (258,6) ventages] The holes of a flute.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
The holes in a flute have always been called 'ventages,' because the 'wind' comes through them when the fingers are removed.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
Behind these ventages are metal shoots.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
I know my character as the musician knows the ventages of his flute.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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