[syn: breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ventilation \Ven`ti*la"tion\, n. [L. ventilatio: cf. F.
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.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air
[syn: ventilation, airing]
2: a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air;
"she was continually adjusting the ventilation" [syn:
ventilation, ventilation system, ventilating system]
3: free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of
public interest; "such a proposal deserves thorough public
discussion" [syn: public discussion, ventilation]
4: the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process
of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon
dioxide by exhalation [syn: breathing, external
respiration, respiration, ventilation]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
67 Moby Thesaurus words for "ventilation":
aerage, aeration, air conditioning, air cooling, airing, analysis,
bandying, book, broadcast, broadcasting, bruiting, bruiting about,
buzz session, canvassing, circulation, colloquium, confabulation,
conference, consideration, cross-ventilation, debate, debating,
deliberation, deodorization, deodorizing, dialectic, dialogue,
diffusion, discussion, display, dissemination, evulgation,
examination, exchange of views, forum, fumigation, investigation,
issuance, issue, joint discussion, logical analysis,
logical discussion, open discussion, open forum, oxygenation,
oxygenization, panel discussion, perflation, periodical, printing,
promulgation, propagation, publication, publishing, rap,
rap session, refreshment, review, seminar, spread, spreading,
spreading abroad, study, symposium, telecasting, town meeting,