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|Origin:||fente 'long narrow hole', from fendre 'to split', from Latin findere; FISSION|
a hole or pipe through which gases, liquid etc can enter or escape from an enclosed space or container:
a blocked air vent
a volcanic vent
to do something violent or harmful to express feelings of anger, hatred etc:
Children give vent to their anger in various ways.
He knew that if he gave full vent to his feelings, it would upset Joanna.
a thin straight opening at the bottom of the back or side of a jacket or coat
the small hole through which small animals, birds, fish, etc pass waste matter out of their bodies