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[ven-tl-ey-ter] /ˈvɛn tlˌeɪ tər/
a person or thing that ventilates.
a contrivance or opening for replacing foul or stagnant air with fresh air.
Medicine/Medical. a respirator.
Origin of ventilator
First recorded in 1735-45; ventilate + -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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


an opening or device, such as a fan, used to ventilate a room, building, etc
(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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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