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CIRCULATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does circulation mean? 

CIRCULATION (noun)
  The noun CIRCULATION has 6 senses:

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
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

  Familiarity information: CIRCULATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CIRCULATION (noun)


Sense 1circulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The dissemination of copies of periodicals (as newspapers or magazines)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("circulation" is a kind of...):

airing; dissemination; public exposure; spreading (the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate)


Sense 2circulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Movement through a circuit; especially the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("circulation" is a kind of...):

organic phenomenon ((biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals)

Meronyms (parts of "circulation"):

blood pressure (the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart; sometimes measured for a quick evaluation of a person's health)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "circulation"):

systemic circulation (circulation that supplies blood to all the body except to the lungs)

pulmonary circulation (circulation of blood between the heart and the lungs)

vitelline circulation (circulation of blood between the embryo and the yolk sac)


Sense 3circulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(library science) the count of books that are loaned by a library over a specified period

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Hypernyms ("circulation" is a kind of...):

count (the total number counted)

Domain category:

library science (the study of the principles and practices of library administration)


Sense 4circulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Number of copies of a newspaper or magazine that are sold

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Context example:

by increasing its circulation the newspaper hoped to increase its advertising

Hypernyms ("circulation" is a kind of...):

count (the total number counted)


Sense 5circulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free movement or passage through a series of vessels (as of water through pipes or sap through a plant)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("circulation" is a kind of...):

change of location; travel (a movement through space that changes the location of something)

Domain category:

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)


Sense 6circulation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The spread or transmission of something (as news or money) to a wider group or area

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("circulation" is a kind of...):

spread; spreading (act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "circulation"):

recirculation (circulation again)


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