cir·cu·la·tion | \ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

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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And if Upshaw’s circulation and heart rhythm had, in fact, been re-established, Menees says there would’ve been another possible treatment: cooling the body down in an attempt to limit the damage. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "G-Leaguer Zeke Upshaw diagnosed with heart disease year before he died," 2 June 2018 The perforated leather upholstery allowed adequate air circulation. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 After about four hours in the dehydrator, use a spoon or your fingers to break up any meat and beans that might be stuck together to expose pieces to more air circulation. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Stop Wasting Money on Prepackaged Backpacking Food," 1 May 2018 As Zeynep Tufekci recently observed, in the Times, YouTube is a superb vehicle for the circulation of such content, its algorithms guiding users toward ever more inflammatory material. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 Any mice scurrying around your home—or in the walls of your home, where their dander may get into your air circulation system—can kick off allergy symptoms. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "5 Common Allergens That Are Basically Everywhere and Making You Feel Like Crap," 23 Apr. 2018 The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is blaming the delay partially on the fact that the redesigns have not been finalized or approved for circulation. Valentina Zarya, Fortune, "Paid Leave, Harriet Tubman, Fearless Girl: Broadsheet April 20," 20 Apr. 2018 Cutting lower limbs to increase air circulation is another suggestion. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Spruce bark beetles are back with a vengeance. Here’s how to defend your trees.," 19 Apr. 2018 The parking lot was to be modified for safer circulation of vehicles and pedestrians. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Redevelopment Brings Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, REI And Shake Shack To Corbin's Corner," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of circulation

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


cir·cu·la·tion | \ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

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


cir·cu·la·tion | \ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən \

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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