re·​cir·​cu·​la·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌsər-kyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce recirculation (audio)
plural recirculations
: the act or process of circulating again or causing something to circulate again
… which help convert the steam generated within the reactor back into water for recirculation in the closed loop system.Dave Flessner
… corrected duct leaks to improve recirculation of air and reduce our heating and cooling requirements.Kristin Piester
often used attributively
recirculation pumps

Examples of recirculation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Next, stay river-right of the low-head dam recirculation before dropping into a series of ledge holes and waves. Mike Bezemek, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2023 The hydrology plan—including wetland water recirculation, rainwater collection, and land terracing—reverses damage from poor farming practices and extreme weather, leading to less municipal water usage, more wildlife, and a cooler environment. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2023 In the car, remember to use the air recirculation button to avoid pulling in polluted air from outside. Kylie Martin, Detroit Free Press, 30 June 2023 More than two decades later, these bits are now ripe for recirculation on social media. Jasmine Li, New York Times, 24 July 2023 That Water Needs Upkeep Standing water is a mosquito’s best friend, so even a slight recirculation of the water is beneficial. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 19 May 2023 Keep doors, windows and fireplace dampers shut and preferably with clean air circulating through air conditioners on the recirculation setting. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2023 In this case, these units should additionally be set to recirculation mode to ensure exterior air isn't seeping inside. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 8 June 2023 Hill also recommends running the air conditioning on a recirculation setting to prevent any outside air coming in. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 7 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recirculation was in 1718

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Cite this Entry

“Recirculation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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