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ˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-cur·rent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. current, electric currentnoun

    a flow of electricity through a conductor

    "the current was measured in amperes"

  2. current, streamnoun

    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, currentadjective

    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. currentadjective

    occurring in or belonging to the present time

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


  1. currentnoun

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

  2. currentnoun

    The time rate of flow of electric charge.

  3. currentnoun

    A tendency or a course of events.

  4. currentadjective

    Existing or occurring at the moment.

  5. currentadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Currentadjective

    running or moving rapidly

  2. Currentadjective

    now passing, as time; as, the current month

  3. Currentadjective

    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. Currentadjective

    commonly estimated or acknowledged

  5. Currentadjective

    fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; passable

  6. Currentadjective

    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. Currentadjective

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

  8. Etymology: [OE. currant, OF. curant, corant, p. pr. of curre, corre, F. courre, courir, to run, from L. currere; perh. akin to E. horse. Cf. Course, Concur, Courant, Coranto.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Current

    kur′ent, adj. running or flowing: passing from person to person: generally received: now passing: present.—n. a running or flowing: a stream: a portion of water or air moving in a certain direction: course.—n. Curr′ency, circulation: that which circulates, as the money of a country: general estimation.—adv. Curr′ently.—n. Curr′entness, state of being current: general acceptance.—Pass current, to be received as genuine. [L. currens, -ent-iscurrĕre), to run.]

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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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. current

    A certain progressive flowing of the sea in one direction, by which all bodies floating therein are compelled more or less to submit to the stream. The setting of the current, is that point of the compass towards which the waters run; and the drift of the current is the rate it runs at in an hour. Currents are general and particular, the former depending on causes in constant action, the latter on occasional circumstances. (See DIRECTION.)

  2. current

    Depends on several circumstances. First, the tide varies with the state of the moon, running strongest at the springs, and the force of the ebb is much increased by rains, land freshes, &c. The currents also vary, especially when wind and tide combine to accelerate their action.

Editors Contribution

  1. current

    A flow of electricity through a conductor.

    Rhe battery current was very efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  
  2. current

    A movement of energy.

    The air current at the coast and inland was moderate and calm.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 13, 2020  
  3. current

    The present moment.

    The current love, solidarity and unity we all share is creating the loving, just and fair solutions we choose from our hearts.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 2, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of current in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of current in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of current in a Sentence

  1. Chen Zhitao:

    Shenzhen's current property dilemma ... is no longer to protect families in need, but how to find housing for its (professional) talent.

  2. Li Quansheng:

    There's still ample liquidity in the market, but the current valuation, especially for the start-up board ChiNext, is not low.

  3. Zhang Maoshang:

    At present, under the rule of the current Communist Party government, most of the people would hedge, stay silent, or even necessarily cooperate when they come to their children, or to themselves. They've got no choice.

  4. David Payne:

    The return on investment based on the current commercial model is not really commensurate with the amount of effort you have to put into it.

  5. Peter Borgdorff:

    At the current coverage ratio of 92.2% we must cut pensions in 2020.

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