a. Belonging to the present time: current events; current leaders.
b. Being in progress now: current negotiations.
2. Passing from one to another; circulating: current bills and coins.
3. Prevalent, especially at the present time: current fashions. See Synonyms at prevailing.
4. Running; flowing.
1. A steady, smooth onward movement: a current of air from a fan; a current of spoken words. See Synonyms at flow.
2. The part of a body of liquid or gas that has a continuous onward movement: rowed out into the rivers swift current.
3. A general tendency, movement, or course. See Synonyms at tendency.
4. Symbol i, IElectricity
a. A flow of electric charge.
b. The amount of electric charge flowing past a specified circuit point per unit time.
[Middle English curraunt, from Old French corant, present participle of courre, to run, from Latin currere; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]
1. of the immediate present; in progress current events
2. most recent; up-to-date
3. commonly known, practised, or accepted; widespread a current rumour
4. circulating and valid at present current coins
1. (esp of water or air) a steady usually natural flow
2. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) a mass of air, body of water, etc., that has a steady flow in a particular direction
3. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) the rate of flow of such a mass
4. (Physics / General Physics) Also called electric currentPhysics
a. a flow of electric charge through a conductor
b. the rate of flow of this charge. It is measured in amperes Symbol I
5. a general trend or drift currents of opinion
[from Old French corant, literally: running, from corre to run, from Latin currere]
1. A flowing movement in a liquid, gas, plasma, or other form of matter, especially one that follows a recognizable course.
2. 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. See also electromagnetismOhms law See Note at electric charge.
A Closer Look Electric current is the phenomenon most often experienced in the form of electricity. Any time an object with a net electric charge is in motion, such as an electron in a wire or a positively charged ion jetting into the atmosphere from a solar flare, there is an electric current; the total current moving through some cross-sectional area in a given direction is simply the amount of positive charge moving through that cross-section. Current is sometimes confused with electric potential or voltage, but a voltage difference between two points (such as the two terminals of a battery) means only that current can potentially flow between them; how much does in fact flow depends on the resistance of the material between the two points. Electrical signals transmitted through a wire generally propagate at nearly the speed of light, but the current in the wire actually moves very slowly: pushing electrons into one end of the wire is rather like pushing a marble into one end of a tube filled with marblesa marble (or electron) gets pushed out the other end almost instantly, even though the marbles (or electrons) inside move only incrementally.
current /krnt, kr/ n.1 a flow of s.t., such as electricity or water: The current in the river is slow.2 a way of doing things, tendency: the currents of change in countries adj.1 belonging to present time, contemporary: The current situation is peaceful.2 knowing what has happened, up-to-date: She reads the newspaper to stay current with what is happening in the world.3 having all ones bills paid: All our bills are current and we owe no one anything.
Thesaurus: current adj.1 present, existing 2 aware of, knowledgeable about.