circulation

noun
cir·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce circulation (audio) \

Definition of circulation

1 : orderly movement through a circuit especially : the movement of blood through the vessels of the body induced by the pumping action of the heart
2 : flow
3a : passage or transmission from person to person or place to place especially : the interchange of currency coins in circulation
b : the extent of dissemination: such as
(1) : the average number of copies of a publication sold over a given period
(2) : the total number of items borrowed from a library

Examples of circulation in a Sentence

He has bad circulation in his legs. The drug improves blood circulation. The attic has poor air circulation. the circulation of ocean waters Let's open the windows to get some circulation in here. This memo is not meant for circulation. The coins have recently entered circulation.
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Recent Examples on the Web Asahi has a morning circulation reported at 5.16 million, and 1.55 million for its evening edition. Stephen Wade And Kantaro Komiya, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 May 2021 Tribune had consolidated many of the functions required to run each publication, such as ad sales, marketing, corporate communications, circulation, legal and business development. Washington Post, 20 May 2021 The success of its digital operations has cushioned a long slide in print circulation, which now stands at around 200,000 daily and 300,000 on Sunday, both mere fractions of their peak. Paul Farhi, Anchorage Daily News, 11 May 2021 The changing media climate might have sustained a fiscally responsible, mass-circulation New Left publication, but restraint was an alien word in the Ramparts office. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, 5 May 2021 Only two other papers in the large-circulation category — the Seattle Times and the Advocate/Times-Picayune — earned nominations in all three section categories. Los Angeles Times, 1 May 2021 While Kayhan is a small-circulation newspaper, its editor-in-chief, Hossein Shariatmadari, was appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and has been described as an adviser to him in the past. Fox News, 14 Apr. 2021 The high temperature helps boost circulation, which gets oxygen and nutrients to the area faster to ease soreness, improve stiffness, and relieve inflammation. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 7 Apr. 2021 In addition to skin color, poor circulation, skin thickness, skin temperature, tobacco use and fingernail polish can also affect the product's accuracy, the FDA found. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of circulation

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of circulation was in 1535

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“Circulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circulation. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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circulation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of circulation

: the movement of blood through the body that is caused by the pumping action of the heart
: movement of air, water, etc., through the different parts of something
: the act of passing something (such as money, information, etc.) from person to person or place to place : the state of being passed from person to person or place to place

circulation

noun
cir·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce circulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of circulation

1 : movement through something A fan will improve the circulation of air in the room.
2 : passage from place to place or person to person coins in circulation
3 : the average number of copies (as of a newspaper) sold in a given period

circulation

noun
cir·​cu·​la·​tion | \ ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce circulation (audio) \

Medical Definition of circulation

: the movement of blood through the vessels of the body that is induced by the pumping action of the heart and serves to distribute nutrients and oxygen to and remove waste products from all parts of the body — see pulmonary circulation, systemic circulation

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