out·let (outlĕt′, -lĭt)
a. A passage for escape or exit; a vent.
b. A means of release or gratification, as for energies, drives, or desires: exercised as an outlet for frustration.
a. A stream that flows out of a lake or pond.
b. The point where a stream flows out of a lake or pond.
c. The mouth of a river where it flows into a larger body of water.
d. The point of intersection of a driveway and a road, especially in a rural area.
a. A commercial market for goods or services.
b. A store that sells the goods of a particular manufacturer or wholesaler.
4. A receptacle, especially one mounted in a wall, that is connected to a power supply and equipped with a socket for a plug.
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