Vent n. Sale; opportunity to sell; market. [Obs.]
There is no vent for any commodity but of wool. --Sir W. Temple.
Vent, v. t. To sell; to vend. [Obs.]
Therefore did those nations vent such spice. --Sir W. Raleigh.
Vent, n. A baiting place; an inn. [Obs.]
Vent, v. i. To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort. [Obs.]
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) Zool. 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 feet.
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. --Shak.
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 Zool., 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.
Vent, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Vented; p. pr. & vb. n. Venting.]
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. --Dryden.
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. --Barrow.
4. To scent, as a hound. [Obs.]
5. To furnish with a vent; to make a vent in; as, to vent. a mold.
n 1: a hole for the escape of gas or air [syn: venthole, vent-hole,
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
4: a slit in a garment (as in the back seam of a jacket)
5: activity that releases or expresses creative energy or
emotion; "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he
gave vent to his anger" [syn: release, outlet]
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]