- the lending of library books and other materials.
- the number of books and materials that a library has lent.
- the processes connected with providing for the use of library materials, including reserve operations, recall, and record-keeping.
- circulating capital,
- circulating decimal,
- circulating library,
- circulating medium,
- circulatory system,
Origin of circulation
Examples from the Web for circulation
By 1991, The Source had become the industry bible, building a circulation of 40,000, with nearly $1 million in total revenue.It Was All a Dream: Drama, Bullshit, and the Rebirth of The Source Magazine|Alex Suskind|October 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The circulation boys fell on our paper with exultant gurgles, and the next night we lifted the press run by 10,000 copies.
It would come through to Camden Station, Baltimore, without stop, and we could have our circulation hustlers waiting for it there.
Our circulation hustlers had no difficulty in getting rid of them.
When Murdoch bought the paper in 1969 it was a moribund broadsheet losing a ton of money, with a circulation of 800,000.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In poisonous doses it depresses the circulation and the nerves generally, but it causes no stupor or insensibility.The Action of Medicines in the System|Frederick William Headland
The quahaugs which have the better current or circulation of water show the faster growth.A Report upon the Mollusk Fisheries of Massachusetts|Commissioners on Fisheries and Game
There is, properly speaking, no money in circulation, yet a vast quantity is bought and sold.
The department increased to a full page, and the circulation of the paper became as large as that of either of the city dailies.
Whatever may be its cause, it plays a very important part in giving vitality to its circulation.Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States|Raphael Semmes
- the distribution of newspapers, magazines, etc
- the number of copies of an issue of such a publication that are distributed
- a book loan, as from a library lending department
- each loan transaction of a particular book
- the total issue of library books over a specified period
- (of currency) serving as a medium of exchange
- (of people) active in a social or business context
mid-15c., from Middle French circulation or directly from Latin circulationem (nominative circulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of circulare "to form a circle," from circulus "small ring" (see circle (n.)). Used of blood first by William Harvey, 1620s.
see in circulation; out of circulation.