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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To promote pedestrian circulation, Cisterra will build pathways connecting The Preserve to the restaurants and retail shops planned at Merge 56, which hasn’t moved forward yet because of an environmental lawsuit. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego approves 11-acre office complex despite opposition," 10 Sep. 2019 The Weather Service forecast office in Charleston, South Carolina is forecasting that storm surge flooding may begin to occur there on Wednesday, well ahead of the storm's center of circulation. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "Hurricane Dorian poised to slam the Carolinas after scraping by the coasts of Florida and Georgia," 4 Sep. 2019 The number was never officially retired but had been kept out of circulation since Theismann's retirement. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Uni Watch: NFL Uniform Preview 2019," 3 Sep. 2019 However, if Dorian's core threads the needle between the islands and passes over, or near, the narrow Mona Passage, then the storm's core and circulation will remain structurally sound. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Dorian heads toward Puerto Rico — live updates," 28 Aug. 2019 But years of circulation didn't stop some users and a growing number of celebrities, including Rob Lowe, Judd Apatow, Debra Messing, and even Governor Rick Perry, the current United States Secretary of Energy, from buying in. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Instagram debunks viral meme that it will soon use your photos against you," 21 Aug. 2019 If the items aren’t seized, many of the fake products could wind up in circulation elsewhere. Los Angeles Times, "Counterfeit cannabis products stoke black market for California weed," 26 Aug. 2019 The Wonderlic had been in circulation long enough to generate a sea of data, the sort in which experts can read patterns. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 Still, some of his Woodstock images are in circulation. Michael Hill, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee man's Woodstock photos are displayed for 1st time, 50 years later," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of circulation

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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