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VENTILATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ventilation mean? 

VENTILATION (noun)
  The noun VENTILATION has 4 senses:

1. the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air
2. a mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air
3. free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest
4. the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

  Familiarity information: VENTILATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VENTILATION (noun)


Sense 1ventilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

ventilation; airing

Hypernyms ("ventilation" is a kind of...):

improvement (the act of improving something)


Sense 2ventilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mechanical system in a building that provides fresh air

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

ventilating system; ventilation system; ventilation

Context example:

she was continually adjusting the ventilation

Hypernyms ("ventilation" is a kind of...):

mechanical system (a system of elements that interact on mechanical principles)

Meronyms (parts of "ventilation"):

ventilation shaft (a shaft in a building; serves as an air passage for ventilation)

ventilator (a device (such as a fan) that introduces fresh air or expels foul air)


Sense 3ventilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free and open discussion of (or debate on) some question of public interest

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

public discussion; ventilation

Context example:

such a proposal deserves thorough public discussion

Hypernyms ("ventilation" is a kind of...):

discussion; give-and-take; word (an exchange of views on some topic)


Sense 4ventilation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

breathing; external respiration; respiration; ventilation

Hypernyms ("ventilation" is a kind of...):

activity; bodily function; bodily process; body process (an organic process that takes place in the body)

Meronyms (parts of "ventilation"):

breathing out; exhalation; expiration (the act of expelling air from the lungs)

aspiration; breathing in; inhalation; inspiration (the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ventilation"):

artificial respiration (an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially)

wheeze (breathing with a husky or whistling sound)

sniffle; snivel; snuffle (the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested))

snore; snoring; stertor (the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound)

smoke; smoking (the act of smoking tobacco or other substances)

Cheyne-Stokes respiration; periodic breathing (abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate)

heaving; panting (breathing heavily (as after exertion))

hyperventilation (an increased depth and rate of breathing greater than demanded by the body needs; can cause dizziness and tingling of the fingers and toes and chest pain if continued)

hypopnea (slow or shallow breathing)

hyperpnea (energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders)

eupnea; eupnoea (normal relaxed breathing)

abdominal breathing (breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles)

second wind (the return of relatively easy breathing after initial exhaustion during continuous exertion)


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