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NOUN (4)

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;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ventilation \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. [1913 Webster] Insuring, for the laboring man, better ventilation. --F. W. Robertson. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of refrigerating, or cooling; refrigeration; as, ventilation of the blood. [Obs.] --Harvey. [1913 Webster] 3. The act of fanning, or winnowing, for the purpose of separating chaff and dust from the grain. [1913 Webster] 4. The act of sifting, and bringing out to view or examination; free discussion; public exposure. [1913 Webster] The ventilation of these points diffused them to the knowledge of the world. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 5. The act of giving vent or expression. "Ventilation of his thoughts." --Sir H. Wotton. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

ventilation 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, treatment