Current definition

kûrənt, kŭr-
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(elec.) The flow or rate of flow of electrons, ions, or holes in a conductor or medium between two points having a difference in potential, measured in amperes and equal to the ratio of the voltage to the resistance: symbol, I.
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Current is defined as the movement of water in a specific direction.

An example of current is when a river moves towards a waterfall.

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A flowing movement in a liquid, gas, plasma, or other form of matter, especially one that follows a recognizable course.
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The flow of electrons through a metallic circuit, like the flow of water down a riverbed.The direction of flow is from positive (+) pole to negative (
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The definition of current is something that is happening now or something that is up to date.

An example of current is today's newspaper.

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Belonging to the present time.

Current events; current leaders.

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Now going on; now in progress.

The current month, his current job.

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A general tendency or drift; course.
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Running; flowing.
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Being in progress now.

Current negotiations.

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A flow of electric charge.
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The amount of electric charge flowing past a specified circuit point per unit time.
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Commonly used, known, or accepted; prevalent.

A current term.

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At the present time; contemporary.

Current fashions.

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Of most recent date.

The current edition.

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Designating any liability that must be paid within one year.
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The part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction.
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(electricity) The time rate of flow of electric charge.

SI: ampere (A)CGS: esu/second (esu/s)

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A tendency or a course of events.
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Existing or occurring at the moment.

Current events; current leaders; current negotiations.

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

Current affairs; current bills and coins; current fashions.

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Tennyson.

To chase a creature that was current then / In these wild woods, the hart with golden horns.

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Designating any asset that would normally be converted into cash within one year.
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A flow of positive electric charge. The strength of current flow in any medium is related to voltage differences in that medium, as well as the electrical properties of the medium, and is measured in amperes. Since electrons are stipulated to have a negative charge, current in an electrical circuit actually flows in the opposite direction of the movement of electrons.
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A steady, smooth onward flow or movement.

A current of air from a fan; a current of spoken words.

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The part of a body of liquid or gas that has a continuous onward movement.

Rowed out into the river's swift current.

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Passing from person to person; circulating.

Current money, current rumors.

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Passing from one to another; circulating.

Current bills and coins.

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Prevalent, especially at the present time.

Current fashions.

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(obs.) Running or flowing.
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A flow of water or air, esp. when strong or swift, in a definite direction; specif., such a flow within a larger body of water or mass of air.
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A general tendency, movement, or course.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
current
Plural:
currents

Origin of current

  • Middle English curraunt from Old French corant present participle of courre to run from Latin currere kers- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English curraunt, from Old French curant (French: courant), present participle of courre (“to run”), from Latin currere, present active infinitive of currō (“I run”).

    From Wiktionary