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  • 1A pipe or hole through which water or gas may escape.

    ‘In the base of the gutter were outlets leading to drain pipes to take the water away.’
    • ‘They ventured through the old rust belt of inner city Melbourne and along the merry creek until they came across the outlet of a storm water pipe.’
    • ‘Large plastic pipes run from the outlet of the four blowers to airtight holes drilled in the platform.’
    • ‘All roofs that would contribute to runoff from the feedlot should have gutters, downspouts, and outlets that discharge water away from the feedlot.’
    • ‘Rainwater outlets are to be checked for condition and capacity, and repairs to outlets and down pipes are to be carried out as necessary.’
    • ‘Check for other possible breeding areas, such as slow compost heaps, damp bedding in dog kennels, chicken pens and yards, rubbish piles, and leaking septic pipes and outlets.’
    • ‘But on this ride, I notice that at nearly every station there's some kind of cleaning happening: great gushes of water pour from the outlets onto the track.’
    • ‘Talk about water overloading at these outlets!’
    • ‘Anyway, we moved into a house which had gas (our family home doesn't) and there were pipes with outlets in all of the bedrooms.’
    • ‘After more than 100 tests around the hospital, traces of the legionella bacteria were found on taps and other water outlets.’
    • ‘Our streets are flooded even after short rainfalls due to acute lack of rainwater outlets and clogged storm water drains.’
    • ‘Looking from north to south, there is a row of many concrete pipe outlets.’
    • ‘She said the screen placed across the pipe outlet was cleaned out regularly and was in place to prevent solid matter entering the river.’
    • ‘Plumes of gray water, fading in color as the waste settled, fanned out from the pipe outlets.’
    • ‘Notice also that the outlet has a pipe that extends below the normal surface level of the liquid.’
    • ‘Yet at the other end of the bay, away from the town and its sewage outlets, the water is virtually uncontaminated.’
    • ‘When checking the pump, make sure the outlet pipe is not clogged and that it directs water away from your home.’
    • ‘Hundreds of people might share one small toilet block and a couple of water outlets.’
    • ‘The water outlet is at the base of the reservoir and can't be seen in this photo.’
    • ‘This heated air moves up due to a natural chimney effect and exits through outlets at the roof.’
    vent, vent hole, way out, exit, egress
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    1. 1.1The mouth of a river.
      ‘The Tekapo River is the outlet of Lake Tekapo, not far from Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki.’
      • ‘The eel is to be found in 99% of British waters, though the quantity will depend on factors such as inlets and outlets to rivers and streams.’
      • ‘This water flows back into the lake down an artificial weir and man-made stream to re-enter the lake at three outlets along the island bank.’
      • ‘The area at the outlet of the Niagara river into Lake Ontario was recognised early on by the French as a strategic point to control the route into the Great Lakes region and the heart of the continent.’
      • ‘At the daybreak of April 3, 1652, it mounted a surprise attack on the camp of Khabarov's troop at the outlet of the Uslee River in the lower Amur.’
      • ‘In the Sahara, the wind is the dominant erosive agent, removing far more to the surrounding seas than the rivers Niger and Nile in combination, and these are the only significant river outlets.’
      • ‘From there the river flows sixty-three miles to the Guadalupe River, which feeds into the San Antonio River near its outlet in the Gulf of Mexico.’
      • ‘This time, the meltwater spilled from a northwestern outlet into the Mackenzie River in northwestern Canada and made its way to the Arctic Ocean.’
      • ‘There they built Fort Clatsop and wintered near the outlet of the Columbia River.’
      • ‘The only outlet to the sea, the River Leven, produced one of the biggest British sea trout ever, at 22 ½ lb in 1989.’
      • ‘For a century levees had been constructed and natural outlets closed until the Atchafalaya River was the only one left to carry off the Mississippi's floodwaters.’
      • ‘In addition, the Arctic Sea became nearly isolated by landmasses, with limited outlets to the rest of the world's ocean.’
      • ‘Lake Natron has no river outlet, and sodium carbonate accumulates in it, leached out from the surrounding volcanic rocks.’
      • ‘The inlets and outlets of several lakes have been destroyed.’
      • ‘According to the same source, the Bujagali dam at the outlet of Lake Victoria in Jinja, Uganda, is due to go ahead within the next few weeks with £66m of funding from the World Bank.’
      • ‘Cross the outlet below the reservoir dam using a small wooden bridge, and continue ahead uphill to an old drove road that loops around the eastern side of Dumyat, back towards Menstrie.’
      • ‘The track follows the glacial moraine on a level track to the Buller River outlet.’
      • ‘Streams can exhibit marked spatial variation in temperature from lake outlets to downstream areas.’
    2. 1.2A point in an electrical circuit from which current may be drawn.
      ‘The rechargeable battery may be charged by a battery charger that is connected to the solar cell and can be optionally connected to an electrical outlet by a charging cord.’
      • ‘The vapor barrier should fit tightly around electrical outlets, doors, windows and other openings.’
      • ‘Air can leak in or out of the home from door and window frames, electrical outlets and exhaust vents, to name just a few of the culprits.’
      • ‘Electrical outlets and conduit, door, and window block-outs are embedded at the time of the pour.’
      • ‘Appliances, electrical switches, outlets, and door handles in the home are installed 15 to 48 inches above the floor.’
      • ‘The electricity that we get from power outlets and batteries can power all different kinds of devices.’
      • ‘Plug unused electrical outlets to keep cold air from coming in through sockets.’
      • ‘I told him that when I start shopping around for an apartment, Internet ports in rooms are as important to me as electrical outlets and phone jacks.’
      • ‘I'm going to have electric outlets for electric shavers.’
      • ‘The electrical code requires that outlets in the bathroom by protected by a ground-fault interrupter.’
      • ‘A plug extended from a port within the panel and was near the electrical outlet in the bathroom.’
      • ‘Remember that if any air is leaking through electrical outlets or around plumbing connections into your wall cavities, moisture is carried along the path.’
      • ‘We had to locate and measure the positions of various blue electrical boxes used for outlets, cable connections, and phone jacks throughout the house.’
      • ‘Each climate-controlled chapel has its own generator, electrical outlets, lights, and seats for 100 people.’
      • ‘Don't overload your electrical outlets and never run extensions under a carpet.’
      • ‘These units are now able to provide the same power to the components in a computer, but due to increased efficiency, draw less power from the electrical outlet.’
      • ‘Today, whether we're at work or home, we don't think twice about plugging our appliances into electrical outlets to instantly receive the power we need.’
      • ‘Funding has been announced for lights for the poles on the pier and for shutters to protect the electrical supply outlets for the boats.’
      • ‘Make sure it's away from heavy traffic areas and electrical outlets.’
      • ‘I connected an electrical cord to it and ran it into the bedroom to the electrical outlet next to the bed.’
  • 2A place from which goods are sold or distributed.

    ‘a fast-food outlet’
    • ‘This is where the young hang out, in coffee shops, fast-food outlets, shopping malls and on the street itself.’
    • ‘If fast food outlets sold tuna salads and sticks of celery there wouldn't be half the problem.’
    • ‘Not all shops in outlets malls are outlets and sell items cheaper then normal.’
    • ‘He is a citizen without a country, trapped in a no man's land of fast food outlets and endless shopping opportunities.’
    • ‘It will mean that corner shops, fast food outlets, supermarkets and pub chains will be able to apply for new licenses without making a significant financial commitment by buying a licence.’
    • ‘The centre offers a myriad of shops ranging from outlets selling typical tourist fare to more weird and wonderful places, selling cheeses, wines, hand crafted toys, jewellery and antiques.’
    • ‘The club would like to thank all the club members, shops, and outlets who co-operated in selling the cards and the general public for supporting the draw.’
    • ‘There is also a licensed café - the Pavilion - and a coffee shop as well as outlets selling fish and chips, burgers and ice cream.’
    • ‘Most of the items on display are being sold in mainstream shopping outlets in Sweden and, in some cases, across the world.’
    • ‘So did sports shops and other outlets which sold England shirts.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the area has dozens of outlets selling factory seconds of branded garments.’
    • ‘Popular restaurants and fast food outlets have stalls dotted all over the show, all doing roaring trade as they fill hungry stomachs.’
    • ‘The plan has set off a chorus of disapproval from conservationists outraged at the possibility of surrounding the historic site with malls and fast-food outlets.’
    • ‘Fast-food outlets make it convenient to catch a bite on the run.’
    • ‘So, the bulk of their milk continues to be sold through established outlets.’
    • ‘Local abattoirs and meat processing plants will also be investigated to establish if their products were sold regularly in local outlets.’
    • ‘Over one third of UK children's toys are now free giveaways from fast food outlets, with high street restaurant chains distributing an estimated 300 million every year.’
    • ‘Somewhere nearby there'll be a shopping centre with fast-food outlets and a supermarket.’
    • ‘It is a free magazine and is currently distributed mainly through retail outlets.’
    • ‘There are concerns the timetable, which is widely distributed through rail outlets, travel centres and information offices, could be confusing to visitors from abroad.’
    store, retail store, outlet, retail outlet, reseller, cash and carry
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    1. 2.1A market for goods.
      ‘the indoor markets in Moscow were an outlet for surplus collective-farm produce’
      • ‘Plastics are a problem because there are few outlets and the market isn't great.’
      • ‘They often produce in limited quantities, so traditional wholesale market outlets are not a viable option.’
      • ‘If one recalls, the village markets provided the outlet for local produce and products.’
      • ‘What sets these self-help groups apart is the fact that farmers themselves have set up market outlets for their produce so that middlemen are eliminated.’
      • ‘His great joy was to have done so much to find outlets and markets for the cattle farmers of Ireland.’
      • ‘Farming is oriented toward local market outlets that serve local consumers rather than national or international mass markets.’
      • ‘Growers were asked to estimate the percentages of their sales that went through different market outlets.’
      • ‘He said the live export trade is extremely important to Irish agriculture, particularly in terms of its key role in maintaining price competition and important market outlets.’
      • ‘Clearly, the large firms see this field as just one of their several market outlets, but one which generates sufficient sales and fits in with their other operations.’
      • ‘Not only did it give the public a chance to see what is available in their local area, but also provided the designer makers with the opportunity to find prospective outlets for their stock.’
      • ‘The difficulties in the beef sector are directly attributable to the limited availability of market outlets, according to the Irish Meat Association.’
      • ‘Only rye and other grains (mainly oats) could have difficulties finding world market outlets.’
      • ‘When products are too expensive for the citizens to purchase through legal outlets, black markets arise.’
      • ‘The prices that meat factories pay for cattle are determined by the returns from the market outlets that are available.’
      market, retail outlet, marketplace, selling place, shop, store
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    2. 2.2A retail store offering discounted merchandise, especially overstocked or irregular items.
      • ‘an outlet store’
    3. 2.3usually with modifier An organization that broadcasts or publishes journalism.
      ‘witnesses told local media outlets that the woman fell’
      • ‘the outlet reported iPad production could start as early as this year’
  • 3A means of expressing one's talents, energy, or emotions.

    ‘writing became the main outlet for his energies’
    • ‘In the true sense of its name, it will be a team committed to bringing people together, a shelter for talent, and an outlet to channel creative energy.’
    • ‘The country has found an outlet for its energies, and given time and talent to nurture, it is certain one day to stand proud among the established nations.’
    • ‘Try to find your own creative ways as outlets for emotions.’
    • ‘When television finally made its appearance in South Africa in 1976, he turned to this medium as an outlet for his considerable talents.’
    • ‘Lakeland's literary talents have a fresh outlet for their work after the launch of a new magazine this week.’
    • ‘My own thinking is that he's not so much in need of a keep fit campaign as he's needful of an outlet for all that energy.’
    • ‘Desperate to keep their students off the streets and drugs, two New York City schools ten years ago started a mandatory ballroom dancing program to give them an outlet for their energies.’
    • ‘One outlet for our restless energy has been business.’
    • ‘Using locally available material, and maybe a bit of exotic herbs and spices, people have been able to turn the fine art of cooking into an outlet for their creative energy.’
    • ‘When I started playing camogie, I was looking for an outlet for my energy and frustrations.’
    • ‘I haven't been the happiest camper because I haven't found an outlet for my extra energy.’
    • ‘It's hard to say whether this is a hangover from the breakdown or just his incredible nervous energy finding an outlet.’
    • ‘They make up their own activities because they have no other outlets for their energy.’
    • ‘It was just a question of finding the right outlet for her energy.’
    • ‘In Sydney she found for the first time in her life a satisfying outlet for her intellectual energy.’
    • ‘He recognized and valued the curiosity and imagination that are characteristic of young children, and wanted to find outlets for their creative energy.’
    • ‘Eventually, believing music to be an excellent outlet for their energies, he organizes a chorus, and takes special interest in two of his students.’
    • ‘I had been running off to the city more and more, finding an outlet for my energy and stress and frustration there.’
    • ‘Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you're about to erupt.’
    • ‘The increasing number of niches and individual outlets has broadened the talents that are rewarded.’
    means of expression, release, means of release, release mechanism, safety valve, vent, avenue, way of harnessing, channel
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/ˈoutˌlet/ /ˈaʊtˌlɛt/


Middle English from out- + the verb let.