AskDefine | Define ventilation

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air [syn: airing]
2 a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air; "she was continually adjusting the ventilation" [syn: 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]
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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The replacement of stale or noxious air with fresh
  2. The mechanical system used to circulate and replace air
  3. An exchange of views during a discussion
  4. The bodily process of breathing; the inhalation of air to provide oxygen, and the exhalation of spent air to remove carbon dioxide


replacement of stale or noxious air with fresh
mechanical system used to circulate and replace air
exchange of views during a discussion
  • Finnish: mielipiteenvaihto
  • Finnish: hengitys

Extensive Definition

Ventilation is movement of air into and outside the body, and can be used in the following contexts:

See also

ventilation in German: Ventilation
ventilation in Spanish: Ventilación
ventilation in Hungarian: Ventilálás
ventilation in Polish: Wentylacja
ventilation in Russian: Вентиляция
ventilation in Swedish: Ventilation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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