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 Imagine an inflation caused by an unexpected doubling of the amount of currency in circulation. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Nov. 2021 In doing so, the burners have boosted SHIB's value by slashing the amount of tokens in circulation. Declan Harty, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2021 Less than 15% of polybags in circulation are collected for recycling, according to Fashion For Good. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 The total number of bitcoins now in circulation have a market value of $1.1 trillion. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 27 Oct. 2021 That also is when the old plate will go out of production, but since there are 12 million copies currently in circulation, Ohioans will continue to see it for awhile. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2021 The digital yuan appears designed to one day replace physical money, though China’s central bank said in its July report that cash will remain in circulation as long as people want to use it. James T. Areddy, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 Eight wallets out of the 43,455 addresses tied to Squid Games coins hold more than 1 percent of all tokens in circulation, according to BscScan. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 2 Nov. 2021 More than $130 billion worth of stablecoins are in circulation, up from $28 billion in January. New York Times, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of circulation

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Circulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/circulation. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for circulation

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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