Hypertext Webster Gateway: "vent"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vent \Vent\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vented}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To let out at a vent, or small aperture; to give passage
or outlet to.

2. 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.

3. To utter; to report; to publish. [Obs.]

By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies. --Milton.

Thou hast framed and vented very curious orations.

4. To scent, as a hound. [Obs.] --Turbervile.

5. To furnish with a vent; to make a vent in; as, to vent. a

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vent \Vent\, v. t.
To sell; to vend. [Obs.]

Therefore did those nations vent such spice. --Sir W.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vent \Vent\, n. [Sp. venta a poor inn, sale, market. See {Vent}
A baiting place; an inn. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vent \Vent\, v. i. [Cf. F. venter to blow, vent wind (see
{Ventilate}); but prob influenced by E. vent an opening.]
To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vent \Vent\, n. [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.]
1. 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. --Shak.

Long't was doubtful, both so closely pent, Which
first should issue from the narrow vent. --Pope.

2. Specifically:
(a) (Zo["o]l.) The anal opening of certain invertebrates
and fishes; also, the external cloacal opening of
reptiles, birds, amphibians, and many fishes.
(b) (Gun.) The opening at the breech of a firearm, through
which fire is communicated to the powder of the
charge; touchhole.
(c) (Steam Boilers) Sectional area of the passage for
gases divided by the length of the same passage in

3. Fig.: Opportunity of escape or passage from confinement or
privacy; outlet.

4. Emission; escape; passage to notice or expression;
publication; utterance.

Without the vent of words. --Milton.

Thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel.

{To give vent to}, to suffer to escape; to let out; to pour
forth; as, to give vent to anger.

{To take vent}, to escape; to be made public. [R.]

{Vent feather} (Zo["o]l.), one of the anal, or crissal,
feathers of a bird.

{Vent field} (Gun.), a flat raised surface around a vent.

{Vent piece}. (Gun.)
(a) A bush. See 4th {Bush}, n., 2.
(b) A breech block.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vent \Vent\, n. [F. vente, fr. L. vendere, -itum, to sell; perh.
confused with E. vent an opening. See {Vend}.]
Sale; opportunity to sell; market. [Obs.] --Shelton.

There is no vent for any commodity but of wool. --Sir
W. Temple.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a hole for the escape of gas or air [syn: {venthole}, {blowhole}]
2: external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower
3: a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some
other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt
[syn: {volcano}]
v 1: give expression or utterance to; "She vented her anger";
"The graduates gave vent to cheers" [syn: {ventilate}, {give
2: expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen; "air
the old winter clothes"; "air out the smoke-filled rooms"
[syn: {ventilate}, {air out}, {air}]

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