circulation
noun Date: 1535 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 3. a. passage or transmission from person to person or place to place; especially the interchange of currency <
coins in circulation
>
b. the extent of dissemination: 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

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  • circulation — cir‧cu‧la‧tion [ˌsɜːkjˈleɪʆn ǁ ˌsɜːr ] noun 1. [uncountable] the exchange of money within an economy: • It was a bold anti inflation plan, including a squeeze on the circulation of money. 2. [uncountable] ECONOMICS if money is in circulation,… …   Financial and business terms

  • Circulation — may refer to: Circulatory system, a biological organ system whose primary function is to move substances to and from cells Circulation (fluid dynamics), the path integral of the fluid velocity around a closed curve Circulation (journal), one of… …   Wikipedia

  • Circulation — Cir cu*la tion, n. [L. circulatio: cf. F. circulation.] 1. The act of moving in a circle, or in a course which brings the moving body to the place where its motion began. [1913 Webster] This continual circulation of human things. Swift. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • circulation — CIRCULATION. s. f. Mouvement de ce qui circule. La circulation du sang. La circulation de la séve dans les plantes. [b]f♛/b] On appelle figurément, La circulation de l argent, Le mouvement de l argent qui passe d une main à l autre, et qui le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

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  • circulation — (n.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. circulation or directly from L. circulationem (nom. circulatio), noun of action from pp. stem of circulare to form a circle, from circulus small ring (see CIRCLE (Cf. circle)). Used of blood first by William Harvey,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • circulation — [n1] distribution apportionment, currency, dissemination, spread, transmission; concepts 631,651 circulation [n2] moving circularly circling, circuit, circumvolution, current, flow, flowing, gyration, gyre, motion, revolution, rotation, round,… …   New thesaurus

  • Circulation — (v. lat.), Umlauf, so C. des Blutes, s. Blutumlauf; C. des Geldes, s. u. Geld. Circulationsbanken sind so v. w. Zettelbanken (s. Bank). Circulationsmittel (Umlaufsmittel), alles Geld u. alle Werthpapiere, welche anstatt des Geldes im Handel… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • circulation — I noun allocation, allotment, branching out, circumagere, diffusion, dispensation, dispensing, dispergere, dispersal, dispersion, dissemination, distribution, divergence, divulgare, emanation, flow, flowing, flux, issuance, motion, movement,… …   Law dictionary

  • circulation — ► NOUN 1) movement to and fro or around something. 2) the continuous motion of blood round the body. 3) the public availability of something. 4) the number of copies sold of a newspaper or magazine. DERIVATIVES circulatory adjective …   English terms dictionary

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