Dictionary » V » Vent



To snuff; to breathe or puff out; to snort.

Origin: Cf. F. Venter to blow, vent wind (see Ventilate); but prob influenced by E. Vent an opening.

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

2. (Science: zoology) Specifically: The anal opening of certain invertebrates and fishes; also, the external cloacal opening of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and many fishes.

The opening at the breech of a firearm, through which fire is communicated to the powder of the charge; touchhole. Sectional area of the passage for gases divided by the length of the same passage in feet.

3. 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.

(Science: Zoology) Vent feather A bush. See 4th Bush. A breech block.

Origin: 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.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

Results from our forum

Theories - Origin of Life

... cosmic impacts. The cold might have also helped these molecules to survive longer, allowing key reactions to happen. Deep-Sea Vents The deep-sea vent theory suggests that life may have begun at submarine hydrothermal vents, spewing key hydrogen-rich molecules. Their rocky nooks could then have ...

See entire post
by einfopedia
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:34 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1135246

Re: Theories - Origin of Life

... this forum. On both occasions he has directed his rather tribal fire at me personally. No science, just vitriol. I suppose he needs to regularly vent his spleen as his frustration builds. :) His statement On a biology forum I would not expect creationists given free space to prove their point ...

See entire post
by scottie
Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:59 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Theories - Origin of Life
Replies: 563
Views: 1135246

Why do women live longer than men?

... of menstrulation. The iron in our blood equals age for our cells, and because men have more iron, their cells age faster. Also, women tend to vent their frustration better then men because men are often taught to internalize their emotions, which leads to stress. So yeah. Now you know

See entire post
by matrix23
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Why do women live longer than men?
Replies: 24
Views: 26732

Re: Help for identification of bird

... help: Detailed Diagrams of the Parts of the Bird Body Head—Identify the supercilium, orbital ring, and crown... Body—Identify the nape, flank, and vent... Wing—Identify the different feathers: primaries, secondaries, and greater coverts...

See entire post
by rose67
Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: Help for identification of bird
Replies: 10
Views: 10385

Re: I seriously need to vent

Thanks for the reply - i appreciate it. The figures for the 75th percentile look good but other statistics also kind of reinforce my thinking. 54% go on to obtain a higher degree. Its almost as if its mandatory for bio majors to obtain a masters or phd just to have a standard of living which is on p...

See entire post
by optimusprimev20
Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I seriously need to vent
Replies: 4
Views: 2276
View all matching forum results

This page was last modified 21:16, 3 October 2005. This page has been accessed 3,907 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link