VENT, noun [Latin venio, Eng. wind, etc.; properly a passage.]
1. A small aperture; a hole or passage for air or other fluid to escape; as the vent of a cask.
2. The opening in a cannon or other piece of artillery, by which fire is communicated to the charge.
3. Passage from secrecy to notice; publication.
4. The act of opening.
5. Emission; passage; escape from confinement; as, his smothered passions urge for vent
6. Discharge; utterance; means of discharge.
Had like grief been dew'd in tears, without the vent of words -;
7. Sale; as the vent of a thousand copies of a treatise.
8. Opportunity to sell; demand.
There is no vent for any commodity except wool.
9. An inn, a baiting place. [Not in use.]
To give vent to, to suffer to escape; to let out; to pour forth.
VENT, verb transitive
1. To let out at a small aperture.
2. To let out; to suffer to escape from confinement; to utter; to pour forth; as, to vent passion or complaint.
The queen of heav'n did thus her fury vent
3. To utter; to report. [Not in use.]
4. To publish.
The sectators did greatly enrich their inventions by venting the stolen treasures of divine letters. [Not used.]
5. To sell.
Therefore did those nations vent such spice. [Not in use.]
[Instead of vent in the latter sense, we use vend.
VENT, verb intransitive To snuff. [Not in use.]