Definitions for currentˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cur•rentˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-(adj.)

  1. belonging to the time actually passing; present:

    the current month.

  2. generally or commonly used or accepted; prevalent:

    current usage in English.

  3. popular; in vogue.

  4. most recent; new:

    the current issue of a magazine.

  5. publicly or commonly reported or known:

    a rumor that is current.

  6. in circulation, as a coin.

  7. Archaic. running; flowing.

  8. (n.)a flowing; flow, as of a river.

  9. something that flows, as a stream.

  10. the most rapidly moving part of a stream.

  11. a portion of a large body of water or mass of air moving in a certain direction.

  12. the speed at which such flow moves; velocity of flow.

  13. the movement or flow of electric charge, the rate of which is measured in amperes.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  14. a general tendency or course.

Origin of current:

1250–1300; ME curraunt < AF < L current-, s. of currēns, prp. of currere to run

cur′rent•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. current, electric current(noun)

    a flow of electricity through a conductor

    "the current was measured in amperes"

  2. current, stream(noun)

    a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)

    "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"

  3. stream, flow, current(adj)

    dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

    "two streams of development run through American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of thought"; "the current of history"

  4. current(adj)

    occurring in or belonging to the present time

    "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. current(adjective)ˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-

    happening, used, or existing at this time

    the current thinking on the subject; the current president

  2. current(noun)ˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-

    a movement of water or air

    the ocean's currents; a current of warm air

  3. currentˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-

    the flow of electricity

    electrical current

Wiktionary

  1. current(Noun)

    The part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction.

  2. current(Noun)

    The time rate of flow of electric charge.

  3. current(Noun)

    A tendency or a course of events.

  4. current(Adjective)

    Existing or occurring at the moment.

  5. current(Adjective)

    Generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment.

  6. Origin: From curraunt, from curant (French: courant), present participle of courre, from currere, present active infinitive of curro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Current(adj)

    running or moving rapidly

  2. Current(adj)

    now passing, as time; as, the current month

  3. Current(adj)

    passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulating through the community; generally received; common; as, a current coin; a current report; current history

  4. Current(adj)

    commonly estimated or acknowledged

  5. Current(adj)

    fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; passable

  6. Current(adj)

    a flowing or passing; onward motion. Hence: A body of fluid moving continuously in a certain direction; a stream; esp., the swiftest part of it; as, a current of water or of air; that which resembles a stream in motion; as, a current of electricity

  7. Current(adj)

    general course; ordinary procedure; progressive and connected movement; as, the current of time, of events, of opinion, etc

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Current

    The adjustment, or effects of a continuous attempt at readjustment of potential difference by a conductor, q. v., connecting two points of different potential. A charged particle or body placed in a field of force tends to move toward the oppositely charged end or portion of the field. If a series of conducting particles or a conducting body are held so as to be unable to move, then the charge of the field tends, as it were, to move through it, and a current results. It is really a redistribution of the field and as long as such redistribution continues a current exists. A current is assumed to flow from a positive to a negative terminal; as in the case of a battery, the current in the outer circuit is assumed to flow from the carbon to the zinc plate, and in the solution to continue from zinc to carbon. As a memoria technica the zinc may be thought of as generating the current delivering it through the solution to the carbon, whence it flows through the wire connecting them. (See Ohm's Law--Maxwell's Theory of Light--Conductor-Intensity.) [Transcriber's note: Supposing electric current to be the motion of positive charge causes no practical difficulty, but the current is actually the (slight) motion of negative electrons.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. current

    A body of water moving in a certain direction and caused by wind and density differences in water. The effects of a current are modified by water depth, underwater topography, basin shape, land masses, and deflection from the earth

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  1. CURRENT

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  1. Air current

    Air currents can be caused by differences in temperature, pressure, or impurity concentration. Temperature differences can cause air currents because warmer air is less dense than cooler air, causing the warmer air to appear "lighter." Thus, if the warm air is under the cool air, air currents will form as they exchange places.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'current' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #727

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'current' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1248

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'current' in Nouns Frequency: #2139

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'current' in Adjectives Frequency: #84


Translations for current

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

current(noun)

(the direction of) a stream of water or air

the current of a river.

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