Word of the Day: vent

Word of the Day
July 1, 2016
vent (noun, verb)
/vɛnt/  sound icon
A vent is a hole in a wall that allows air, smoke, or gas to get out of an enclosed space. It is also the opening of a volcano, through which lava and other gases are emitted. Figuratively, a vent is an expression of a strong emotion or passion. As a verb, to vent means 'to release a strong emotion' or 'to express something publicly.' It also means 'to release liquids or gases.'


Example sentences
There were several vents set in the wall to ensure the air could circulate.
Lava spewed from the vent of the volcano.
Nathaniel used exercise as a vent for his anger.
Phoebe vented her disappointment on everyone around her.
Matthew vented his opinions to anyone who would listen.
The volcano had been venting smoke for several days.


Words often used with vent
give vent to something: to express something, normally an emotion, forcefully. Example: "Evelyn had kept quiet for months, but finally she gave vent to her rage."
Additional information
A vent is also a opening in the back or side of a jacket or coat.
Did you know?
As a verb, vent can also be used informally without an object, with the meaning of expressing your emotions on a subject to someone in order to make yourself feel better. So, for example, if you have an argument with your boyfriend or girlfriend or if you have a bad day at work, you might call your best friend so that you can vent.
Vent dates back to the late 14th century, and was probably a short form of aventer, meaning 'to expose yourself to air.' It comes from the Middle English verb venten, which in turn can be traced to the Old French eventer, and the Latin exventare (ex: out; ventus: wind). The noun appeared soon after, around the year 1400, and comes from the verb. The figurative meaning of the verb, 'to express your emotions,' first appeared in 1590.
Vent in other languages
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