Definition of ventil in English:



  • 1A valve in a wind instrument.

    • ‘This facility imitates the ventils and may be used to quickly change the timbre of the sound to imitate the performance on two manuals.’
  • 2A shutter for regulating the airflow in an organ.

    • ‘Changes in registration by means similar to those provided by the older ventils were still possible, however.’
    • ‘Langlais grimaced angrily, kicked open the ventils, leaned across as many keys as he could and almost blew the roof off.’
    • ‘The treble and bass pipes chest ventils for a particular type of pipe voice are connected or coupled together.’


Late 19th century: from German, from Italian ventile, from medieval Latin ventile sluice, from Latin ventus wind.