• WordNet 3.6
    • v vent expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen "air the old winter clothes","air out the smoke-filled rooms"
    • v vent give expression or utterance to "She vented her anger","The graduates gave vent to cheers"
    • n vent activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion "she had no other outlet for her feelings","he gave vent to his anger"
    • n vent external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate
    • n vent a hole for the escape of gas or air
    • n vent a slit in a garment (as in the back seam of a jacket)
    • n vent a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vent A baiting place; an inn.
    • Vent 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 .""Long 't was doubtful, both so closely pent,
      Which first should issue from the narrow vent ."
    • Vent Emission; escape; passage to notice or expression; publication; utterance. "Without the vent of words.""Thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel."
    • Vent Fig.: Opportunity of escape or passage from confinement or privacy; outlet.
    • n Vent vĕnt Sale; opportunity to sell; market. "There is no vent for any commodity but of wool."
    • Vent Sectional area of the passage for gases divided by the length of the same passage in feet.
    • Vent The anal opening of certain invertebrates and fishes; also, the external cloacal opening of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and many fishes.
    • Vent The opening at the breech of a firearm, through which fire is communicated to the powder of the charge; touchhole.
    • Vent To furnish with a vent; to make a vent in; as, to vent . a mold.
    • Vent To let out at a vent, or small aperture; to give passage or outlet to.
    • Vent To scent, as a hound.
    • v. t Vent To sell; to vend. "Therefore did those nations vent such spice."
    • v. i Vent To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort.
    • Vent 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 ."
    • Vent To utter; to report; to publish. "By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies.""Thou hast framed and vented very curious orations."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vent A small aperture leading out of or into some inclosed space; any small hole or opening made for passage.
    • n vent Specifically— The small opening into the barrel of a gun, by which the priming comes in contact with the charge, or by which fire is communicated to the charge; a touch-hole.
    • n vent The opening in the top of a barrel to allow air to pass in as the liquid is drawn out; also, the vent-peg with which the opening is stopped.
    • n vent A hollow gimlet used to make an opening in a cork or barrel, in order to draw out a small quantity of liquid for sampling; a liquid-vent or vent-faucet
    • n vent In molding, one of the channels or passages by which the gases escape from the mold
    • n vent The flue or funnel of a chimney.
    • n vent A crenelle or loophole in an embattled wall.
    • n vent In steam-boilers, the sectional area of the passage for gases, divided by the length of the same passage in feet.
    • n vent In musical instruments of the wood wind group, a finger-hole
    • n vent The end of the intestine, especially in animals below mammals, in which the posterior orifice of the alimentary canal discharges the products of the urogenital organs as well as the refuse of digestion, as the anus of a bird or reptile; also, the anal pore of a fish, which, when distinct from the termination of the intestine, discharges only the milt or roe. See cut under Terebratulidæ.
    • n vent A slit or opening in a garment.
    • n vent An escape from confinement, as for something pent up; an outlet.
    • n vent Utterance; expression; voice.
    • n vent A discharge; an emission.
    • vent To let out at a vent; make an opening or outlet for; give passage to; emit; let pass.
    • vent To furnish with a vent; make a vent in.
    • vent To give utterance, expression, or publicity to; especially, to report; publish; promulgate; hence, to circulate.
    • vent Reflexively, to free one's self; relieve one's self by giving vent to something.
    • n vent Scent; the odor left on the ground by which the track of game is followed in the chase.
    • n vent In hunting, the act of taking breath or air.
    • vent To scent, as a hound; smell; snuff up; wind.
    • vent To open or expand the nostrils to the air; sniff; snuff; snort.
    • vent In hunting, to take breath or air.
    • vent To draw, as a chimney, or a house, room, etc., by means of a chimney.
    • n vent The act of selling; sale.
    • n vent Opportunity to sell; market.
    • vent To vend; sell.
    • n vent An inn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vent vent a small opening to let air, &c., escape: the flue of a chimney: the opening in the top of a barrel allowing air to pass in as the liquid is drawn out: a gimlet used to extract a little liquid from a barrel for sampling purposes: discharge: escape: passage into notice: publication, utterance, voice: the anus of birds and fishes:
    • v.t Vent to give a vent or opening to: to let out, as at a vent: to allow to escape: to publish: to pour forth
    • n Vent vent scent:
    • v.i Vent to sniff, snort: to take breath:
    • n Vent vent the act of selling, sale: market.
    • n Vent vent (mil.) the opening at the breech of a firearm through which fire is conveyed to the charge, the touch-hole
    • n Vent vent (hunting) the act of taking breath
    • v.i Vent (Scot.) of a chimney, to draw
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Vent your spleen - If someone vents their spleen, they release all their anger about something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Benjy, after venting his feelings in a shriek of joyful surprise, seemed to be struck dumb.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
It seemed as if their worst feelings had found full vent and been expended in the double murder.
"The Lonely Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
Presently a man emerged from the hole, and raising himself erect, gave vent to a long, deep-drawn sigh.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
Bladud and the captain looked at it for a moment or two in silence, and Maikar gave vent to a groan of disappointment.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
Their jubilant spirits had to find a vent somewhere.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
Everyone must have a vent for his feelings.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
At least I shall have vexed him, and have given vent to my own feelings.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
Then his passion found vent.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
A subsidiary vent was also noticeable.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
But he had still one captive on which to vent his rage and chagrin.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Thy hands could never work the dress,
By grace alone thou'rt gay;
Grace vents and reigns through righteousness;
Thy Husband's bright array.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
"I heard the battle's fearful sounds,
They seem'd my lover's knell—
I heard that, pierc'd with ghastly wounds,
My vent'rous lover fell!—
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
I by him, in him chosen was,
Yet of the choice he's not the cause:
For sov'reign mercy ne'er was bought,
Yet through his blood a vent it sought.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Beneath her palm Idume vents her moan;
Raptured, she once beheld its friendly shade;
And hoary Memphis boasts her tombs alone,
The mournful types of mighty power decay'd!
"Elegy XIV. Declining an Invitation To Visit Foreign Countries" by William Shenstone
Vile hall the other passengers vent upon their vays,
The Capting and the Doctor sat there in a maze;
Some vent in a Homminibus, some vent in a Cabby,
The Capting and the Doctor vaited vith the babby.
"The Lamentable Ballad Of The Foundling Of Shoreditch" by William Makepeace Thackeray
While to these words the king gave vent,
A herald from Miletus sent,
Appeared before the tyrant there:
"Lord, let thy incense rise to-day,
And with the laurel branches gay
Thou well may'st crown thy festive hair!"
"The Ring Of Polycrates - A Ballad" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

Players use social media to vent about playing time.
Effex® from A. O Smith is the most efficient and advanced conventional vent product on the market, says the company.
This is not new news, but I need to vent.
Radio promotion prompts haters to vent on Facebook.
Ohio State's Tressel vents during halftime speech.
Bills' end vents over replacements.
PG&E is being criticized for not doing enough to inform Pittsburg residents before venting a natural gas pipeline.
PG&E criticized over Pittsburg pipeline venting.
He just snapped the vents back into the fender and we had great-looking vents.
As the USAJobs debacle dragged into its fourth week, it was not just users who were venting their frustration.
Several steps can help handle gasoline-laden vent gas.
If she needs to vent , she should talk to a professional.
Venting Failure in the Nuclear Reactors at Fukushima Daiichi.
Man arrested for venting about canceled flight.
Sometimes it's even nice to vent a little bit.

In science:

Often both parts of this scheme are united into a statement “e vents with small probabilities do not happen ”.
Algorithmic Information Theory and Foundations of Probability
In order to study the in fluence of CHs on CMEs in producing SEP e vents, a total of 76 west-side fast halo CMEs during 1997 - 2008 are investigated, as well as their associated CHs.
Influence of Coronal Holes on CMEs in Causing SEP Events
In addition, such a scheme could deliver excellent dome seeing, as the temperatures could be closely matched and venting conducted so that the external airflow su ffers minimal disruption.
Astronomy in Antarctica
At that moment, the accelerated section of the shell of swept up matter becomes Rayleigh-Taylor unstable and fragments, while the hot supperbubble interior is vented into the low density surrounding gas.
Evolution of the X-ray luminosity and metallicity of starburst blown superbubbles
The strength of the squeezing entanglement can be characterized by Vent = (√H − √H − 1)2 which varies from not entangled (Vent = 1) to strongly entangled (Vent → 0) as the parametric gain increases.
Interferometric Tests of Teleportation