To take vent
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. [1913 Webster]

Look, how thy wounds do bleed at many vents. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Long't was doubtful, both so closely pent, Which first should issue from the narrow vent. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) (Zo["o]l.) The anal opening of certain invertebrates and fishes; also, the external cloacal opening of reptiles, birds, amphibians, and many fishes. [1913 Webster] (b) (Gun.) The opening at the breech of a firearm, through which fire is communicated to the powder of the charge; touchhole. [1913 Webster] (c) (Steam Boilers) Sectional area of the passage for gases divided by the length of the same passage in feet. [1913 Webster]

3. Fig.: Opportunity of escape or passage from confinement or privacy; outlet. [1913 Webster]

4. Emission; escape; passage to notice or expression; publication; utterance. [1913 Webster]

Without the vent of words. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Thou didst make tolerable vent of thy travel. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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.) (a) A bush. See 4th {Bush}, n., 2. (b) A breech block. [1913 Webster]


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  • To give vent to — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take air — Air Air ([^a]r), n. [OE. air, eir, F. air, L. a[ e]r, fr. Gr. ah r, air, mist, for a[digamma]hr, fr. root a[digamma] to blow, breathe, probably akin to E. wind. In sense 10 the French has taking a meaning fr. It. aria atmosphere, air, fr. the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take the air — Air Air ([^a]r), n. [OE. air, eir, F. air, L. a[ e]r, fr. Gr. ah r, air, mist, for a[digamma]hr, fr. root a[digamma] to blow, breathe, probably akin to E. wind. In sense 10 the French has taking a meaning fr. It. aria atmosphere, air, fr. the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • to take a breather — Breather Breath er, n. 1. One who breathes. Hence: (a) One who lives. (b) One who utters. (c) One who animates or inspires. [1913 Webster] 2. That which puts one out of breath, as violent exercise. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] 3. a pause to catch one …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vent feather — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vent field — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vent piece — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take — [c]/teɪk / (say tayk) verb (took, taken, taking) –verb (t) 1. to get into one s hands or possession by force or artifice. 2. to seize, catch, or capture. 3. to grasp, grip or hold. 4. to get into one s hold, possession, control, etc., by one s… …   Australian English dictionary

  • take out — verb Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. (1) deduct, separate (2) exclude, omit (3) withdraw, withhold b. to find release for ; vent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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