There are 2 main definitions of vent in English:

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Syllabification: vent
Pronunciation: /vent
 
/

noun

1An opening that allows air, gas, or liquid to pass out of or into a confined space.
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.
Synonyms
duct, flue, shaft, well, passage, airway;
outlet, inlet, opening, aperture, hole, gap, orifice
1.1The opening of a volcano, through which lava and other materials are emitted.
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.
1.2 historical The touch hole of a gun.
1.3The anus, especially one in a lower animal such as a fish that serves for both excretion and reproduction.
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.
2The expression or release of a strong emotion, energy, etc. children give vent to their anger in various ways
More 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.

verb

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1Give free expression to (a strong emotion): he had come to vent his rage and despair
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
release, air, give vent to, give free rein to, let out, pour out, express, give expression to, voice, give voice to, verbalize, ventilate, discuss, talk over, communicate
2Provide with an outlet for air, gas, or liquid: clothes dryers must be vented to the outside
More 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 vented
More 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.
2.2Permit air to enter (a beer cask).

Origin

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'.

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  • wind from (Old English):

    A word from an Indo-European root that also gave us Latin ventus, the source of vent (Late Middle English) and ventilate (Late Middle English). Winnow, windwian in Old English, is to use the wind to separate grain and chaff. To get wind of something comes from the idea of hunted animal picking up the scent of a hunter. The phrase wind of change was used by Harold Macmillan, British prime minister 1957–63, during a speech he made in Cape Town in 1960: ‘The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and, whether we like it or not, this growth of [African] national consciousness is a political fact.’ See also ill. For the differently pronounced verb see wand

Derivatives

ventless

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adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: vent
Pronunciation: /vent
 
/

noun

A slit in a garment, especially in the lower edge of the back of a coat through the seam.
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.

Origin

late Middle English: alteration of dialect fent, from Old French fente 'slit', based on Latin findere 'cleave'.

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  • wind from (Old English):

    A word from an Indo-European root that also gave us Latin ventus, the source of vent (Late Middle English) and ventilate (Late Middle English). Winnow, windwian in Old English, is to use the wind to separate grain and chaff. To get wind of something comes from the idea of hunted animal picking up the scent of a hunter. The phrase wind of change was used by Harold Macmillan, British prime minister 1957–63, during a speech he made in Cape Town in 1960: ‘The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and, whether we like it or not, this growth of [African] national consciousness is a political fact.’ See also ill. For the differently pronounced verb see wand

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