"I am very giddy and faint," Arthur said, when Charles came back to him after his ventilating operation.
(Hygiene) Winds are nature's means of ventilating the earth.
I pushed out the ventilating cylinder, hurried back to the doctor's compartment and thrust in the bulkhead.
Forepaugh leaped to the ventilating louver and closed it tightly.
He ran a lot of ropes down a ventilating shaft for the rats to climb on.
Especially is this control of openings important in ventilating barns.
She had no fans, nor ventilating system such as we have on the United Fruit boats.
It should have a tin-pipe connection with flue or other ventilating apparatus.
The position of the ventilating arrangement depends upon the position of the fowls at night.
Care should be taken in ventilating to protect the plants from a draft of cold air.
mid-15c., "to blow away something" (of wind), from Latin ventilatus, past participle of ventilare "to brandish, toss in the air, winnow, fan, agitate, set in motion," from ventulus "a breeze," diminutive of ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)). Original notion is of cleaning grain by tossing it in the air and letting the wind blow away the chaff. Meaning "supply a room with fresh air" first recorded 1660s (implied in ventilation). Slang sense of "shoot" (someone) is recorded from 1875. Related: Ventilated; ventilating.
To shoot; plug
[1875+; fr the notion of letting air into someone]