Definitions for: Ventilation


[n] the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air
[n] the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
[n] a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air; "she was continually adjusting the ventilation"
[n] free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest; "such a proposal deserves thorough public discussion"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ven`ti*la"tion, n. [L. ventilatio: cf. F.
ventilation.]
1. The act of ventilating, or the state of being ventilated;
the art or process of replacing foul air by that which is
pure, in any inclosed place, as a house, a church, a mine,
etc.; free exposure to air.

Insuring, for the laboring man, better ventilation.
--F. W.
Robertson.

2. The act of refrigerating, or cooling; refrigeration; as,
ventilation of the blood. [Obs.] --Harvey.

3. The act of fanning, or winnowing, for the purpose of
separating chaff and dust from the grain.

4. The act of sifting, and bringing out to view or
examination; free discussion; public exposure.

The ventilation of these points diffused them to the
knowledge of the world. --Bp. Hall.

5. The act of giving vent or expression. ``Ventilation of his
thoughts.'' --Sir H. Wotton.

Synonyms: airing, breathing, external respiration, public discussion, respiration, ventilating system, ventilation system

See Also: abdominal breathing, activity, artificial respiration, aspiration, bodily function, bodily process, body process, breathing in, breathing out, Cheyne-Stokes respiration, discussion, eupnea, eupnoea, exhalation, expiration, give-and-take, heaving, hyperpnea, hyperventilation, hypopnea, improvement, inhalation, inspiration, mechanical system, panting, periodic breathing, second wind, smoke, smoking, sniffle, snivel, snore, snoring, snuffle, stertor, ventilation shaft, ventilator, wheeze, word

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