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1 the dissemination of copies of periodicals (as newspapers or magazines)
2 movement through a circuit; especially the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels
3 (library science) the count of books that are loaned by a library over a specified period
4 number of copies of a newspaper or magazine that are sold; "by increasing its circulation the newspaper hoped to increase its advertising"
5 free movement or passage through a series of vessels (as of water through pipes or sap through a plant)
6 the spread or transmission of something (as news or money) to a wider group or area

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of moving in a circle, or in a course which brings the moving body to the place where its motion began.
  2. The act of passing from place to place or person to person; free diffusion; transmission.
  3. Currency; circulating coin; notes, bills, etc., current for coin.
  4. The extent to which anything circulates or is circulated; the measure of diffusion; as, the circulation of a newspaper.
  5. The movement of the blood in the blood-vascular system, by which it is brought into close relations with almost every living elementary constituent. Also the movement of the sap in the vessels and tissues of plants.



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  1. traffic (pedestrians or vehicles on roads or on the air)

Extensive Definition

Circulation may be used in reference to:

See also

circulation in Spanish: Circulación
circulation in French: Circulation
circulation in Italian: Circolazione
circulation in Dutch: Circulatie

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