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circulate out

1. vb. [Drilling]

To pump the drilling fluid until a sample from the bottom of the hole reaches the surface. This is commonly performed when drilling has ceased so that the wellsite geologist can collect a cuttings sample from the formation being drilled or when the driller suspects that a small amount of gas has entered the wellbore. Thus, by circulating out, the gas bubble is eased out of the wellbore safely.

See: drilling fluid