Definitions for: Current

[n] a steady flow (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"
[n] 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"
[n] a flow of electricity through a conductor; "the current was measured in amperes"
[adj] occurring in or belonging to the present time; "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cur"rent (k?r"rent), a. [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.]
1. Running or moving rapidly. [Archaic]

Like the current fire, that renneth Upon a cord.

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

2. Now passing, as time; as, the current month.

3. 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

That there was current money in Abraham's time is
past doubt. --Arbuthnot.

Your fire-new stamp of honor is scarce current.

His current value, which is less or more as men have
occasion for him. --Grew.

4. Commonly estimated or acknowledged.

5. Fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic;

O Buckingham, now do I play the touch To try if thou
be current gold indeed. --Shak.

Account current. See under Account.

Current money, lawful money. --Abbott.

Cur"rent, n. [Cf. F. courant. See Current, a. ]
1. 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.

Two such silver currents, when they join, Do glorify
the banks that bound them in. --Shak.

The surface of the ocean is furrowed by currents,
whose direction . . . the navigator should know.

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

Current meter, an instrument for measuring the velocity,
force, etc., of currents.

Current mill, a mill driven by a current wheel.

Current wheel, a wheel dipping into the water and driven by
the current of a stream or by the ebb and flow of the

Syn: Stream; course. See Stream.

Synonyms: actual, afoot(p), circulating(a), contemporary, electric current, flow, in progress(p), incumbent, latest, live, ongoing, on-line(a), present-day(a), prevailing, prevalent, rife, stream, stream, topical, underway, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute

Antonyms: noncurrent

See Also: course, eddy, electrical phenomenon, flow, flowing, line, maelstrom, modern, new, ocean current, rip current, riptide, thermionic current, tidal current, tidal flow, torrent, twist, undercurrent, undertide, violent stream, vortex, whirlpool

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