Cir"cu*late (#), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ciorculated; P. pr. & vb. n. Circulating.] [L. circulatus, p. p. of circulare, v. t., to surround, make round, circulari, v. i., to gather into a circle. See Circle.]


To move in a circle or circuitously; to move round and return to the same point; as, the blood circulates in the body.



To pass from place to place, from person to person, or from hand to hand; to be diffused; as, money circulates; a story circulates.

Circulating decimal. See Decimal. -- Circulating library, a library whose books are loaned to the public, usually at certain fixed rates. -- Circulating medium. See Medium.


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Cir"cu*late (?), v. t.

To cause to pass from place to place, or from person to person; to spread; as, to circulate a report; to circulate bills of credit.

Circulating pump. See under Pump.

Syn. -- To spread; diffuse; propagate; disseminate.


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