Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
ventilatus, p. p. of
ventilareto toss, brandish in the air, to fan, to winnow, from
ventuswind; akin to E.
To open and expose to the free passage of air; to supply with fresh air, and remove impure air from; to air;
ventilatea room; to
ventilatea cellar; to
To provide with a vent, or escape, for air, gas, etc.;
ventilatea mold, or a water-wheel bucket
To change or renew, as the air of a room.
To winnow; to fan;
To sift and examine; to bring out, and subject to penetrating scrutiny; to expose to examination and discussion;
ventilatequestions of policy
To give vent to; to utter; to make public.
Macaulay took occasion to
ventilateone of those startling, but not very profound, paradoxes.
J. C. Shairp.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To fan with wind; to open and expose to the free passage of air or wind; as, to ventilate a room; to ventilate a cellar.
2.To cause the air to pass through; as, to ventilate a mine.
3.To winnow; to fan; as, to ventilate wheat.
4.To examine; to discuss; that is, to agitate; as, to ventilate questions of policy. [Not now in use.]