One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The provision of fresh air to a room, building, etc.
ventilating, aerating, aeration, freshening, refreshing, cooling, air conditioningView synonyms
- ‘Dai followed her gaze to the ventilation shaft above them then looked at Cooper.’
- ‘The school building had a mechanical supply and exhaust ventilation system.’
- ‘They were then able to start to climb up back into the ventilation ducts.’
- ‘In more severe climates, heat recovery ventilation and other techniques may be practical.’
- ‘Firefighters used thermal imaging equipment and a pressurised ventilation system to tackle the smoke.’
- ‘He removed the ventilation grate aside, allowing himself to slide back onto solid ground again.’
- ‘Many web sites discuss the importance of attic ventilation, too.’
- ‘He saw an open ventilation grate, big enough to fit both of them at once.’
- ‘Rhea's movements were noiseless and careful as she slithered down the ventilation duct.’
- ‘Provide adequate ventilation with window fans when using adhesives, as some are toxic.’
- ‘Jack ducked past a fallen ventilation duct on his way to the shuttle hangar.’
- ‘Looking ahead of him, he saw a ventilation grate fall from the ceiling.’
- ‘If anything, modern methods and improved ventilation should reduce the risk to asthmatics.’
- ‘The most effective way to prevent it is by providing adequate ventilation.’
- ‘However, there is no active cooling or even ventilation holes in the unit.’
- ‘Here two men are shown recuperating in the stoke hold under the ventilation shaft.’
- ‘Provide adequate ventilation to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30-60 %.’
- ‘Even a home with functional attic ventilation can now develop molds on the roof sheathing cavities above these unsatisfactory ducts.’
- ‘I've only got up to section 3, which is about ventilation shafts.’
- ‘More often, however, it is inadequate attic ventilation.’
- 1.1Medicine The supply of air to the lungs, especially by artificial means.
- ‘Furthermore, institution of high-frequency ventilation after birth was earlier in the more recent trials.’
- ‘All patients 18 years old or older who were receiving mechanical ventilation in the medical ICU were eligible for participation.’
- ‘Already she has stopped breathing on three separate occasions and has required artificial ventilation to stabilise her condition.’
- ‘The artificial ventilation of the lungs can damage the fragile lungs of these severely premature babies.’
- ‘Long-term intermittent noninvasive ventilation is effective in reversing ventilatory failure and improving respiratory muscle function.’
2Public discussion or examination of an opinion, issue, or complaint.
expression, voicing, venting, articulation, statement, declarationView synonyms
- ‘After years of lobbying, successive governments inched towards a public ventilation of the reasons why so many innocent people suffered.’
- ‘So, no, there isn't really an effective remedy for the ventilation of these international law issues as they currently exist in Australia.’
- ‘There has therefore been no significant public ventilation of the allegations now made against the doctor.’
- ‘The ventilation model operates on the basis that venting anger is the way to get rid of it.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘current of air’): from Old French, or from Latin ventilatio(n-), from the verb ventilare (see ventilate). ventilation (sense 1) dates from the mid 17th century.
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