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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
vent...spleen (=get angry with me)
▪ Obviously you’re annoyed, but that doesn’t give you the right to vent your spleen on me .
▪ Cooper was booked instead after the Motherwell player gave full vent to his feelings about that decision.
▪ Once we were arrived in the inner bailey Benjamin gave full vent to his feelings.
▪ Undo the coupling slightly so water can trickle into the container, and open the air vent to increase the flow rate.
▪ Open the air vent with a radiator key and see if air or gas is forced out.
▪ He waited until the noises faded then pressed his face against the mesh of the air vent.
▪ They were found dead at Dover after Mr Wacker allegedly closed the air vent on the truck s side.
▪ I found a small but perfectly-formed hailstone on my knee, which must have got in through the air vent.
▪ Lastly, air vents were provided in the walls of barns to prevent the crops inside from becoming mouldy.
▪ From this he ran a fuse through the floor and out of an air vent into the garden outside.
▪ Delaney was leaving the cover of a vent pipe when it happened.
▪ Each has a vent pipe from its respective circuit.
▪ Ventilate well on sunny days but remember to close vents in the evening.
▪ They were found dead at Dover after Mr Wacker allegedly closed the air vent on the truck s side.
▪ He gave vent to his anger and lambasted the shipping manager for not having alerted him that Clarion Call was overdue.
▪ Such people are ready to give vent to their resentment whenever a Volunteer commits even a minor transgression.
▪ It may be sufficient to listen to Joseph and allow him to give vent to his anger.
▪ If the children had a complaint about their parents, she helped them give vent to it.
▪ Nevertheless, she was sufficiently alert to give vent to her usual state of ill-humour.
▪ Understanding anger and aggression Forms of anger and aggression Children give vent to their anger in various ways.
▪ Hadrian was an outstanding architect himself, and here he gave vent to one of his interests.
▪ Richard faced the non-existent audience and so couldn't see my reaction as he gave vent to excruciating sounds.
▪ an air vent
▪ As one goes away from the vent, two effects become apparent.
▪ Central vent eruptions are the best-known kind.
▪ How do species that colonize vents cheat the inevitable local extinction?
▪ I found the protozoan attracted in large numbers to slate panels we deliberately left at vents for one year and then recovered.
▪ On the other hand, princes felt free to vent their own anger in ways which they now blocked to others.
▪ Finding the prisoners gone, the mob began to search for an object on which to vent its anger.
▪ We can vent anger by shouts and gesticulation.
▪ Every angry explosion makes everyone around us either defensive or angry and gives them permission to vent their anger, too.
▪ After being repelled by police, the crowd vented its anger by damaging property and overturning police cars.
▪ They also vented their anger and intimidated the black community by assassinating four blacks in five days.
▪ There is always a moment in time when we can make a decision whether or not to vent our anger.
▪ He relieved his frustration, he vented his anger and hatred.
▪ This is the Neds venting their frustrations but finding order through catharsis - a chaotic way of feeling better.
▪ Employees just vented their frustrations on the survey.
▪ Teasing you is a way for them to vent their frustration while building their own sense of power and camaraderie.
▪ Despairingly she thumped the pillows into a more comfortable shape, as though she could vent her frustration on them.
▪ She vents her frustration in her loose-leaf journal.
▪ It is a winter wind, lost in April and venting its frustration on ships and trees.
▪ The doctors, lacking a cure, vent their frustration on each other.
▪ Pray heaven Araminta was not going to vent her spleen again!
▪ Or perhaps it would simply be an opportunity to vent their spleen.
▪ Nell McCafferty, Bernadette Devlin and other notables vented their feminist spleen at an appreciative audience.
▪ We pour another glass and vent our spleen on drug barons and dope fiends.
▪ I feel much better now I've vented my spleen on this subject.
▪ Thanks for letting me vent a little.
▪ After being repelled by police, the crowd vented its anger by damaging property and overturning police cars.
▪ Geothermal energy is of great interest in certain locations where hydrothermal steam is vented into the atmosphere.
▪ Or perhaps it would simply be an opportunity to vent their spleen.
▪ Restless and unwound at home, their tongue lashes around venting their self-doubt and guilt on others.
▪ So why was he still venting his temper on her?
▪ We can still be afraid of expressing our anger, unable to vent our rage.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vent \Vent\, n. [F. vente, fr. L. vendere, -itum, to sell; perh. confused with E. vent an opening. See Vend.] Sale; opportunity to sell; market. [Obs.]

There is no vent for any commodity but of wool.
--Sir W. Temple.


Vent \Vent\, v. t. To sell; to vend. [Obs.]

Therefore did those nations vent such spice.
--Sir W. Raleigh.


Vent \Vent\, n. [Sp. venta a poor inn, sale, market. See Vent sale.] A baiting place; an inn. [Obs.]


Vent \Vent\, v. i. [Cf. F. venter to blow, vent wind (see Ventilate); but prob influenced by E. vent an opening.] To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort. [Obs.]


Vent \Vent\, n. [OE. fent, fente, a slit, F. fente a slit, cleft, fissure, from fendre to split, L. findere; but probably confused with F. vent wind, L. ventus. See Fissure, and cf. Vent to snuff.]

  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.

    Long't was doubtful, both so closely pent, Which first should issue from the narrow vent.

  2. Specifically:

    1. (Zo["o]l.) The anal opening of certain invertebrates and fishes; also, the external cloacal opening of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and many fishes.

    2. (Gun.) The opening at the breech of a firearm, through which fire is communicated to the powder of the charge; touchhole.

    3. (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 (Zo["o]l.), one of the anal, or crissal, feathers of a bird. Vent field (Gun.), a flat raised surface around a vent. Vent piece. (Gun.)

    1. A bush. See 4th Bush, n., 2.

    2. A breech block.


Vent \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.

  3. To utter; to report; to publish. [Obs.]

    By mixing somewhat true to vent more lies.

    Thou hast framed and vented very curious orations.

  4. To scent, as a hound. [Obs.]

  5. To furnish with a vent; to make a vent in; as, to vent. a mold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "emit from a confined space," probably a shortening of aventer "expose oneself to the air" (c.1300), from Old French eventer "let out, expose to air," from Vulgar Latin *exventare, from Latin ex- "out" + ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)). Sense of "express freely" first recorded 1590s. Sense of "divulge, publish" (1590s) is behind phrase vent one's spleen (see spleen). Related: Vented; venting.


c.1400, "anus," from Old French vent from verb eventer (see vent (v.)) and in part from Middle English aventer, from the French verb. Perhaps also merged with or influenced by Middle English fent "opening or slit in a the front of a garment (usually held closed with a brooch)," c.1400, from Old French fente, from Latin findere "to split" (see fissure). Meaning "outlet for water," also "air hole, breathing hole" is from mid-15c. Meaning "action of venting" is recorded from c.1500.


Etymology 1 n. 1 An opening through which gases, especially air, can pass. 2 A small aperture. 3 The opening of a volcano from which lava flows. 4 A verbalized frustration. 5 The excretory opening of lower orders of vertebrates. 6 A slit in the seam of a garment. 7 The opening at the breech of a firearm, through which fire is communicated to the powder of the charge; touchhole. 8 In steam boilers, a sectional area of the passage for gases divided by the length of the same passage in feet. 9 Opportunity of escape or passage from confinement or privacy; outlet. 10 Emission; escape; passage to notice or expression; publication; utterance. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To allow gases to escape. 2 (context transitive English) To allow to escape through a vent. 3 (context transitive intransitive English) To express a strong emotion. 4 To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort. Etymology 2

n. ventriloquism. Etymology 3

n. sale; opportunity to sell; market vb. To sell; to vend. Etymology 4

n. (context obsolete English) A baiting place; an inn.

  1. n. a hole for the escape of gas or air [syn: venthole, vent-hole, blowhole]

  2. external opening of urinary or genital system of a lower vertebrate

  3. a fissure in the earth's crust (or in the surface of some other planet) through which molten lava and gases erupt [syn: volcano]

  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]

  1. v. give expression or utterance to; "She vented her anger"; "The graduates gave vent to cheers" [syn: ventilate, give vent]

  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]


Vent may refer to:

Vent (album)

Vent is a second studio album by the German metalcore band Caliban.

Vent (radio series)

Vent is a dark comedy series produced for BBC Radio 4 in 2006. It is written by Nigel Smith. The producer is Gareth Edwards.

The story revolves around an unsuccessful writer named Ben Smith ( Neil Pearson), who is in a coma. While his wife Mary ( Fiona Allen) and his mother ( Josie Lawrence) hash out their emotional issues at his bedside, he lives in a fantasy world with his 2-year-old daughter "Blitzkrieg" (real name Beatrice; Leslie Ash), miraculously grown up, and remembers incidents from his life. An imaginary sitcom, apparently written by Ben and concerning a coma ward in a hospital, plays in the background.

A second series of 6 episodes began broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 on 25 September 2007. A third series describing Ben's return home, still clinging to his fantasy life, began broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 on 24 November 2009.

While the flashbacks in the first series concern Ben and Mary's courtship, pursued somewhat reluctantly on Mary's part, the second series shows the slow process of recovery for Ben in parallel with their marriage, her pregnancy, and Ben's lapses of commitment. Ben's fantasy life revolves around him giving up total control of his fantasy world before returning to a real world where he has no control at all.

The third series was preceded by an interlude episode broadcast as the Friday Play on 20 November. In this episode Ben is out of his coma but is suffering from locked-in syndrome. He still experiences memories and fantasies while his wife and mother try to communicate with him. Meanwhile the hospital authorities are considering whether to continue with rehabilitation or ship him to a care home.

Writer Nigel Smith spent some time in a coma himself, later describing it in an article in The Times and in an autobiography published in 2007.

Vent (submarine)

In submarine technology a '''vent ''' is a valve fitted to the top of a submarine's ballast tanks to let air escape from the top of the ballast tank and be replaced by water entering through the opening(s) called "flood ports" or "floods" at the bottom of the tank. In earlier times, the openings at the bottom of the ballast tank were fitted with valves known as Kingston valves. These valves were eliminated in the U.S. Navy between the World Wars.

When on the surface a submarine's ballast tanks are filled with air which gives the vessel its buoyancy and in order for the submarine to submerge water is taken into the ballast tanks through the flood ports at the bottom of the tanks, effacing this excess buoyancy. As the ballast tanks contain air when on the surface it is necessary to allow this air to escape, so that water may then enter the tanks, and this air is allowed to escape via the opened vents in the top of the ballast tanks.

The vents which are used to allow water to enter the submarine's main ballast tanks when it submerges are the main vents and it is air escaping though these that accounts for the spray sometimes seen when submarines dive.

To get a submarine to surface, the main vents in the top of the tank are closed and high- pressure compressed air is blown into the ballast tanks, forcing the water out through the flood ports at the bottom of the tank. This increases the vessel's displacement. When the weight of the displaced water becomes greater than the weight of the vessel, buoyancy becomes positive, and the submarine begins to rise.

Once on the surface, in order to conserve supplies of compressed air, a lower-pressure compressor is then used to remove the remainder of the water from the tanks.

Vent (tailoring)

A vent is a vertical slit rising from the bottom hem of a jacket or a skirt, generally to allow for ease of movement.

In the case of jackets, vents were originally a sporting option, designed to make riding easier, so are traditional on hacking jackets, formal coats such as a morning coat, and, for reasons of pragmatism, overcoats. Today there are three styles of vent: the single-vented style (with one vent, either directly at the center or roughly 3 cm to the right); the ventless style; and the double-vented style (one vent on each side). Vents are convenient, particularly when using a pocket or sitting down, to improve the hang of the jacket, so are now used on most jackets. Single vents jackets are associated with Italian tailoring, while the double-vented style is typically British. (This is not the case with all types of jackets. For instance, dinner jackets traditionally take no vents.)

On skirts, vents are particularly associated with pencil skirts where they may be necessary for free movement, but they may also be added for reasons of style, as they have the effect of exposing more of the legs. The most common style is a single vent of a suitable length at the back of the skirt, but they may be located anywhere.

Vent (song)

"Vent" is a song by the American post-grunge band Collective Soul. It is the second single from their fifth studio album Blender.

Vent (EP)

The Vent EP was the first official release by English punk– rock band Sounds of Swami. After several years of recording demos, the band finally entered the studio with Tim Gray (aka TimG) in Manchester. Recorded in two sessions, "Identity Crisis" and "BANK!" were recorded in a single day in late 2007 after a period of unsuccessful recording at another studio. The unsuccessful recordings were intended to be the band's debut mini-album titled Real to Reel due to the studio's all- analogue setup. After recording the two tracks, the mini album was scrapped and three more tracks were recorded with TimG in early 2008 over two days. Two surviving recordings from the scrapped mini album were added as bonus demos on the end of the EP. The band decided not to pursue a recording contract and instead released the EP on their own record label Drawing Board Records. The EP gained a lot of positive reviews from the UK's underground punk – rock scene with Beep! Magazine awarding it 5/5, awarding it 3/5 and various other reputable zines remarking on its alternative and experimental sound. "Identity Crisis" was released on an international punk compilation.

Usage examples of "vent".

When Archer turned, Tucker was watching the vent port with an accusatory glower.

Atmosphere vented like rocket exhaust, sending the flagship ballista careening off course.

Vents on the upper surface of the ship were opening, releasing hot air from the ballonets that hung in the center of the hydrogen cells.

Booming and popping sounds came from above, as hot air from the engine exhausts was vented into the ballonets in the gasbags.

Sir Francis smiled down on them benignly for a while as he let them give vent to their joy.

Sir Blays, you must admit that the air vents do provide an excellent escape route for us, should the need arise.

Fighting and brawling had always been part of the culture of Fenris, and it seemed to be doing the lads good to be able to vent their frustrations in this way.

Her armor smoldered and hydrostatic gel boiled from the emergency release vent along her left side.

I told him then what I thought of him, giving vent to all the accumulated irritation of the past few days: he was, I said, a pitiful mediocrity, a mindless, unimaginative hanger-on, without the seed of an original idea.

Vents in the ceiling sucked air out of the room, blasted it with UV, forced it through microfilters, and jetted it back.

Cette baie ou le vent du nord entre avec les goelettes norvegiennes chargees de planches et de fers bruts, Saint-Valery, ne plait point aux etrangers.

Then he gave vent to the same peculiar whistle with which Plater had announced his own approach to the log-hut in the woods.

A semicircular protractor of metal for measuring the inclination of vents, or for ascertaining their deviation from the guide.

Then he moved over to a vent pipe and fastened one end of the reata snuggly to the rusty iron.

Steam carouseled ceilingward, sucked out through recycling vents to be recondensed and reused.