ventilation

noun
ven·​ti·​la·​tion | \ ˌven-tə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce ventilation (audio) \

Definition of ventilation

1 : the act or process of ventilating
2a : circulation of air a room with good ventilation
b : the circulation and exchange of gases in the lungs or gills that is basic to respiration
3 : a system or means of providing fresh air

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Other termites build mounds with complicated networks of tunnels that provide ventilation for underground nests. Kenneth Chang, The Seattle Times, "Metropolis of 200 million termite mounds was hidden in plain sight," 20 Nov. 2018 The prison’s generators failed, ventilation was gone, and food services stopped. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "South Carolina Is Facing Evacuation Orders. Why Won't This Prison Evacuate Its Inmates?," 12 Sep. 2018 However, most states today have separated the two trades, making plumbing separate from heating and cooling work, which requires an HVAC license (heating, ventilation, air conditioning). Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 The study also recorded smaller airborne droplets spraying 13 to 20 feet vertically in the air, which researchers noted was theoretically high enough to enter and travel through some ceiling ventilation systems in some buildings. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "Here’s How Far Germs Spread Through Sneezing and Coughing," 13 Feb. 2019 Now, equipped with an air filtration and ventilation system, new barriers and a viewing platform, as well as restored wall paintings, the tomb is ready for the public once again. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "King Tut's Tomb Is Reopening—And This Time, It's Tourist-Proof," 1 Feb. 2019 Because the building’s midsection is consumed by three levels of parking, most of the Bainbridge and Leithgow Street facades will have no glass in the window openings, to allow for ventilation. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "In Queen Village, life imitates art, but with a Target store and too much parking," 24 May 2018 Look for ventilation around the salon and near each station. Allison Carey, cleveland.com, "New year, new nails, what's new in manicures: Style Resolutions 2018 (photos)," 8 Jan. 2018 Rules include placing the batteries in separate rooms with automatic sprinklers, ventilation and smoke detection systems. Mark Chediak, latimes.com, "Boom in giant batteries hits another roadblock: Cities' fear of fire," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of ventilation

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ventilation

borrowed from Latin ventilātiōn-, ventilātiō, from ventilāre "to expose to the air, ventilate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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ventilation

noun
ven·​ti·​la·​tion | \ ˌven-tə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce ventilation (audio) \

Kids Definition of ventilation

1 : the act or process of ventilating
2 : a system or means of providing fresh air

ventilation

noun
ven·​ti·​la·​tion | \ ˌvent-ᵊl-ˈā-shən How to pronounce ventilation (audio) \

Medical Definition of ventilation

1 : the act or process of ventilating
2 : the circulation and exchange of gases in the lungs or gills that is basic to respiration

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