- 1An opening that allows air, gas, or liquid to pass out of or into a confined space: an air ventMore example sentences
- Security of air intake vents is important, especially for high-rises and large sports facilities.
- They suffocated after an air vent was closed.
- According to the mechanical code, dryer vent ducts must be made of metal.
- 1.1The opening of a volcano, through which lava and other materials are emitted: pumice fragments pile up to form a conical heap round the ventMore example sentences
- Columnar joints are best developed in sills and dykes, volcanic vents, and former lava lakes.
- Sliding and colliding, separating and fragmenting, great trenches are forming, and volcanoes and vents are being created.
- These new vents remained phreatomagmatic until 25 July, when the activity changed for 5 days to Strombolian and effusive.
- 1.2chiefly Scottish A flue of a chimney.More example sentences
- A metallic maze of chimneys, pipes and vents glitters on the horizon in the desert outside Khartoum, dominating the landscape for miles around.
- Have chimneys and vents inspected when installing or changing vented heating appliances.
- It had several openings for doors and windows, plus a chimney vent on each end.
- 1.4The anus, especially one in a lower animal such as a fish that serves for both excretion and reproduction.More example sentences
- Researchers suspected that many, if not most, of the vent animals must produce larvae capable of dispersing through cold ocean water to new sites.
- Torrent salamanders are characterized by unique squared-off glands behind the vent in adult males.
- Birds in all plumages have yellow around their vents.
- 2 [mass noun] The release or expression of a strong emotion, energy, etc.: children give vent to their anger in various waysMore example sentences
- The best way to give vent to an emotion is to put it on a paper.
- He also encouraged children to explore their creative talents and give vent to their expression.
- It also provided them the much-awaited opportunity to give vent to their creative energy.
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- 1Give free expression to (a strong emotion): we vent our spleen on drug baronsMore example sentences
let out, give vent to, give free rein to, release, pour out, emit, discharge; reveal, bring into the open, come out with, express, give expression to, air, communicate, utter, voice, give voice to, verbalize, articulate, broadcast, make public, proclaim, assert, ventilate, find an outlet for
- With Lawson at his mercy, Cal is free to vent his anger on his betrayer.
- In no small measure, the Chinese fans may have tried to vent their frustration by expressing it in anti-Japanese gestures.
- Dolly took full advantage of the outrageous disruption to vent her bad temper and to express her extreme displeasure in all directions.
- 2Provide with an outlet for air, gas, or liquid: tumble-dryers must be vented to the outsideMore example sentences
- Your clothes dryer should be vented directly to the outside.
- There is plumbing for a washing machine and the room is vented for a tumble dryer.
- To be safe, all types of pressure canners must be vented 10 minutes before they are pressurized.
- 2.1Discharge or expel (air, gas, or liquid) through an outlet: the plant was isolated and the gas ventedMore example sentences
- In a passive system, the gas is naturally vented into the atmosphere, and may include venting trenches, cutoff walls, or gas vents to direct the gas.
- In Nigeria, flared or vented natural gas exceed 2 billion cubic feet per day.
- Shirley should have seen bubbles burbling up as Shaw vented the expanding gases in his rebreather and drysuit.
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- Some versions are fitted with the same size of vented front discs as the Mondeo ST220.
- The would-be barrel is rolled over a cylindrical, vented metal firepot, known as a chaufferette, in which small oak chips are burned.
- Reining in all this speed are drilled and vented AP Racing discs measuring 340 mm front and 320 mm rear.
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- A ventless sport coat, that hugs the body, is called a ‘Continental’ jacket.
- The pyroprocessing system featured a two-support rotary kiln with the ventless CFG Hybrid cooler.
- A ventless, propane heater offers ambience and all the heat we need, even at 20 below zero.
late Middle English: partly from French vent 'wind', from Latin ventus, reinforced by French évent, from éventer 'expose to air', based on Latin ventus 'wind'.
- An opening or slit in a garment, especially in the lower part of the seam at the back of a coat.More example sentences
- It's made from super 120's Italian wool and features a three-button closure, side vents and pickstitched lapels.
- The style is tight-fitting with side vents and an elastic waistband, typically made out of cotton or cotton/polyester blend jersey knit.
- A camp shirt should have a clean-finished hem with side vents so it can be worn tucked out for a relaxed look or tucked in.
late Middle English: alteration of dialect fent, from Old French fente 'slit', based on Latin findere 'cleave'.