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Dictionary Definition

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" [ant: noncurrent]

Noun

1 a flow of electricity through a conductor; "the current was measured in amperes" [syn: electric current]
2 a steady flow (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air" [syn: stream]
3 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" [syn: stream, flow]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From curraunt < curant (French: courant) present participle of courre "to run" < currere "to run".

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ˈkʌɹɛnt/
  • (US) /ˈkɝɹɛnt/

Noun

  1. The part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction.
  2. The time rate of flow of electric charge.
    • Units:
    SI: ampere (A)
    CGS: esu/second (esu/s)
  3. A tendency or a course of events.

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Translations

part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction
flow of electric charge
measurement of the rate of flow of electric charge
tendency or a course of events

Adjective

  1. existing or occurring at the moment
    current events
    current leaders
    current negotiations
  2. generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment
    current bills and coins
    current fashions

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Antonyms

Translations

existing or occurring at the moment
generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment

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Extensive Definition

Current may refer to:

See also

current in Arabic: تيار
current in Czech: Proud
current in Danish: Strøm
current in German: Strom
current in Modern Greek (1453-): Ρεύμα
current in Persian: کورانت
current in Finnish: Virta
current in French: Courant
current in Galician: Corrente
current in Hebrew: זרם
current in Dutch: Stroom
current in Low German: Stroom
current in Polish: Current
current in Albanian: Rryma
current in Simple English: Current
current in Turkish: Akım

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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