1. [ noun ] the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air
Synonyms: airing
Related terms: improvement ventilate
2. [ noun ] a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air
Synonyms: ventilating_system ventilation_system

"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
Synonyms: public_discussion

"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
Similar spelling:   ventilate