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Definition of Vent


  1. Sale; opportunity to sell; market.
  2. To sell; to vend.
  3. A baiting place; an inn.
  4. To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort.
  5. 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.
  6. The anal opening of certain invertebrates and fishes; also, the external cloacal opening of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and many fishes.
  7. The opening at the breech of a firearm, through which fire is communicated to the powder of the charge; touchhole.
  8. Sectional area of the passage for gases divided by the length of the same passage in feet.
  9. Fig.: Opportunity of escape or passage from confinement or privacy; outlet.
  10. Emission; escape; passage to notice or expression; publication; utterance.
  11. To let out at a vent, or small aperture; to give passage or outlet to.
  12. To suffer to escape from confinement; to let out; to utter; to pour forth; as, to vent passion or complaint.
  13. To utter; to report; to publish.
  14. To scent, as a hound.
  15. To furnish with a vent; to make a vent in; as, to vent. a mold.

Vent Quotations

When you can't do something truly useful, you tend to vent the pent up energy in something useless but available, like snappy dressing.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Even if I don't always behave as I should, this still doesn't explain why so many people have something against me. But you know how it is. A lot of people vent themselves by coming to the stadium to yell at me. I hope it's not racism. I tell myself that it's not racism; it's because I'm tough, and I repeat this to myself.
Mario Balotelli

Suffering is traumatic and awful and we get angry and we shake our fists at the heavens and we vent and rage and weep. But in the process we discover a new tomorrow, one we never would have imagined otherwise.
Rob Bell

Perhaps my favourite story is 'Le Passe-Muraille' by Marcel Ayme. It's about a guy who wakes up with a weird faculty that means he can walk through walls. He's a very shy clerk, and he uses it to get revenge, or vent his frustration.
Michel Gondry

Intellectual despair results in neither weakness nor dreams, but in violence. It is only a matter of knowing how to give vent to one's rage; whether one only wants to wander like madmen around prisons, or whether one wants to overturn them.
Georges Bataille
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Vent Translations

vent in Latin is erumpo
vent in Spanish is abertura
vent in Swedish is utlopp
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