Sense: 1-2, 4
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: VENT2
Sense: 3
Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: fente 'long narrow hole', from fendre 'to split', from Latin findere; FISSION


1 noun
vent1 [countable]
1TD 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

give vent to something

formal 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.
3 a thin straight opening at the bottom of the back or side of a jacket or coat
4 technical the small hole through which small animals, birds, fish, etc pass waste matter out of their bodies

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