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ventilator

[ven-tl-ey-ter] /ˈvɛn tlˌeɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that ventilates.
2.
a contrivance or opening for replacing foul or stagnant air with fresh air.
3.
Medicine/Medical. a respirator.
Origin of ventilator
1735-1745
1735-45; ventilate + -or2
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  • How well I remember that corner—the shutter on the stove, the ventilator above it, and the noise which it made when turned!

    Childhood Leo Tolstoy
  • They came to her clearly through the ventilator above the fanlight.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • "Always keep the cig in front of the ventilator," said Slops, applying his lips to Dink's ear.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • As they drew near he perceived that it was a large ship's ventilator.

  • Old Spicer then locked the door, and the two men mounted on to the elevated chairs and placed their ears to the ventilator.

British Dictionary definitions for ventilator

ventilator

/ˈvɛntɪˌleɪtə/
noun
1.
an opening or device, such as a fan, used to ventilate a room, building, etc
2.
(med) a machine that maintains a flow of air into and out of the lungs of a patient who is unable to breathe normally
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Word Origin and History for ventilator
n.

1743, agent noun from ventilate. Latin ventilator meant "a winnower."

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