vent

vent1 [vent] n
[Sense: 1-2, 4; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: VENT2]
[Sense: 3; Date: 1400-1500; : Old French; Origin: fente 'long narrow hole', from fendre 'to split', from Latin findere; FISSION]
1.) 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
2.) give vent to sth
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
vent 2
vent2 v [T]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: esventer 'to put in the air', from vent 'wind', from Latin ventus]
to express feelings of anger, hatred etc, especially by doing something violent or harmful
vent sth on sb
If he's had a bad day, Paul vents his anger on the family.
vent sth by doing sth
I could hear mum venting her frustration by banging the pots noisily.
The meeting gave us a chance to vent our spleen (=anger) .

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