|1.||[ noun ] the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air|
|Related terms:||improvement ventilate|
|2.||[ noun ] a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air|
"she was continually adjusting the ventilation"
|Related terms:||system mechanical_system ventilator ventilation_shaft ventilate|
|3.||[ noun ] free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest|
"such a proposal deserves thorough public discussion"
|Related terms:||discussion vent|
|4.||[ noun ] (biology) the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation|
|Synonyms:||breathing respiration external_respiration|
|Related terms:||bodily_process snore smoke wheeze panting abdominal_breathing artificial_respiration hyperpnea hyperventilation periodic_breathing hypopnea eupnea second_wind snuffle inhalation exhalation breathe respire|