- 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.
Origin of circulation
Related Words for in circulationpopular, overt, social, modern, ongoing, present, prevailing, patent, plain, open, general, instant, ruling, in, now, fad, mod, swinging, exposed, notorious
- 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.
Also, into circulation. In business or social life, especially after a period of absence. For example, After a month in the hospital Bill was eager to get back in circulation. The antonym is out of circulation, as in Since we had twins we've been out of circulation, but we're hoping to get out more often soon. These expressions, dating from the first half of the 1900s, employ circulation in the sense of “making the rounds among people,” a usage dating from the 1600s.
see in circulation; out of circulation.