- an opening, as in a wall, serving as an outlet for air, smoke, fumes, or the like.
- an opening at the earth’s surface from which volcanic material, as lava, steam, or gas, is emitted.
- Zoology. the anal or excretory opening of animals, especially of those below mammals, as birds and reptiles.
- the small opening at the breech of a gun by which fire is communicated to the charge.
- a means of exit or escape; an outlet, as from confinement.
- expression; utterance; release: to give vent to one’s emotions.
- Obsolete. the act or fact of venting; emission or discharge.
verb (used with object)
- to give free play or expression to (an emotion, passion, etc.): to vent rage.
- to give public utterance to: to vent one’s opinions.
- to relieve by giving expression to something: He vented his disappointment by criticizing his successor.
- to release or discharge (liquid, smoke, etc.).
- to furnish or provide with a vent or vents.
verb (used without object)
- to be relieved of pressure or discharged by means of a vent.
- (of an otter or other animal) to rise to the surface of the water to breathe.
- a slit in the back or side of a coat, jacket, or other garment, at the bottom part of a seam.
- a small opening for the passage or escape of fumes, liquids, etc
- the shaft of a volcano or an aperture in the earth’s crust through which lava and gases erupt
- the external opening of the urinary or genital systems of lower vertebrates
- a small aperture at the breech of old guns through which the charge was ignited
- an exit, escape, or passage
- give vent to to release (an emotion, passion, idea, etc) in an utterance or outburst
verb (mainly tr)
- to release or give expression or utterance to (an emotion, idea, etc)he vents his anger on his wife
- to provide a vent for or make vents in
- to let out (steam, liquid, etc) through a vent
- a vertical slit at the back or both sides of a jacket
- (tr) to make a vent or vents in (a jacket)
late 14c., “emit from a confined space,” probably a shortening of Old French eventer “let out, expose to air,” from Vulgar Latin *exventare, from Latin ex- “out” + ventus “wind” (see wind (n.1)). Sense of “express freely” first recorded 1590s. Sense of “divulge, publish” (1590s) is behind phrase vent one’s spleen (see spleen). Related: Vented; venting.
“hole, opening, outlet,” 1560s, from vent (v.). Meaning “action of venting” is recorded from 1550s.
- An opening into a cavity or canal, especially one through which contents are discharged.
- An opening, and the conduit leading to it, in the side or at the top of a volcano, permitting the escape of fumes, a liquid, a gas, or steam.
- The excretory opening of the digestive tract in animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Also called cloaca
- See cloaca.
In addition to the idiom beginning with vent
- vent one’s spleen
- give vent to