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(1) : the circulation and exchange of gases in the lungs or gills that is basic to respiration
(2) : artificial respiration of the lungs specifically : mechanical ventilation ventilation to supply oxygen to the patient's lungs
3 : a system or means of providing fresh air

Examples of ventilation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Disease Control and Prevention study says there is little evidence of the virus spreading at schools when proper precautions are taken, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing and implementing proper ventilation. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Los Angeles County health officials agree to open schools for children ages K-6," 17 Feb. 2021 In some cases, companies upgraded their plant ventilation systems. Josh Funk, Star Tribune, "Union says meatpacking workers should be vaccinated sooner," 13 Feb. 2021 In the new guidance, CDC officials barely addressed ventilation concerns. Ruth Serven Smith, al, "New CDC guidance, CARES money for Alabama schools," 13 Feb. 2021 The teachers said their offer would also require the district to make sure that virus testing, social distancing, disinfecting, protective equipment and enhanced ventilation were in place at schools. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. teachers share demands for returning to classrooms but don't give a timetable," 5 Feb. 2021 Passengers frequently had to wait in the vans for an hour or more, with windows rolled up and little ventilation, before being permitted to enter the execution-chamber building. Michael Tarm, BostonGlobe.com, "Federal executions at end of Donald Trump’s term were likely COVID-19 super-spreading events," 5 Feb. 2021 The mayor and schools CEO said in a statement Saturday that tentative agreements had been reached on issues that include temperature checks and other health measures, ventilation of buildings and contact tracing. NBC News, "Chicago to continue remote learning as schools, teachers try to hammer out terms for on-campus return," 2 Feb. 2021 The researchers recommended increasing room air ventilation. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "In-person school can be safe. CDC reports how schools with little COVID-19 spread are making it work," 27 Jan. 2021 In addition to those agencies’ guidance, maintenance crews should bring air systems into the 21st century with state-of-the-art ventilation equipped with HEPA or MERV filters that trap pathogens. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "On surviving—and leaving—prison during a pandemic," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of ventilation

1664, 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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The first known use of ventilation was in 1664

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23 Feb 2021

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“Ventilation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ventilation. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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 circulation and exchange of gases in the lungs or gills that is basic to respiration
2 : artificial respiration of the lungs specifically : mechanical ventilation began ventilation to supply oxygen to the patient's lungs
3 : the circulation of air through a space and especially an enclosed space

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