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[编辑] GRE 红宝书

  • v.发泄 ( 情绪) ; 开孔; n.孔, 口
  • [英] v.发泄 ( 情绪) ( discharge, expel) ; 开孔 ( to provide with a vent) ; n.孔, 口 ( an opening)
  • [例] vent one's anger on sb. / air-conditioning vents in the ceiling ( 天花板上的空调通气口)

[编辑] Webster Collegiate

I. verb

  • Etymology: Middle English, in part from [sup]2[/sup]vent, in part short for aventen to release (air), from Anglo-French aventer, alteration of Old French esventer to air, from es- ex- (from Latin ex-) + vent wind, from Latin ventus — more at wind
  • Date: 14th century
  • transitive verb
    • 1. to provide with a vent
    • 2.
      • a. to serve as a vent for <chimneys vent smoke>
      • b. discharge, expel
      • c. to give often vigorous or emotional expression to <vented her frustration on her coworkers>
    • 3. to relieve by means of a vent <vented himself in a fiery letter to the editor>
  • intransitive verb
    • to relieve oneself by venting something (as anger) <comes home from work and vents to the kids>
  • Synonyms: see express

II. noun

  • Etymology: Middle English, anus, outlet, probably from Anglo-French, wind, draft, outlet
  • Date: 15th century
  • 1. an opening for the escape of a gas or liquid or for the relief of pressure: as
    • a. the external opening of the rectum or cloaca ; anus
    • b.
    • c. an opening at the breech of a muzzle-loading gun through which fire is touched to the powder
    • d. chiefly Scottish chimney, flue
  • 2. an opportunity or means of escape, passage, or release ; outlet <finally gave vent to his pent-up hostility>
  • ? ventless adjective

III. noun

  • Etymology: Middle English vente, alteration of fente, from Middle French, slit, fissure, from fendre to split, from Latin findere — more at bite
  • Date: 15th century
  • a slit in a garment; specifically an opening in the lower part of a seam (as of a jacket or skirt)
  • ? ventless adjective

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