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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
cur•rent /ˈkɜrənt, ˈkʌr-/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
a portion of a large body of water or mass of air that moves in a certain direction:The raft was swept into the current and carried out to sea.
Electricitythe movement or flow of electric charge, measured in amperes:The current was switched off so that the train crews could walk safely on the tracks.
a general tendency, course, or trend, as of thinking or ideas:a current of unrest among the students.
cur•rent•ly,adv.: This style is currently in fashion.See -cur-.
- belonging to the time passing;
present[before a noun]the current rate of inflation.
- generally or commonly used or accepted; prevalent:current usage in English.
- most recent;
most up-to-date:current events.
- publicly or commonly reported or known:a rumor current among insiders.
(kûr′ənt, kur′-), adj.
- passing in time;
belonging to the time actually passing:the current month.
- prevalent; customary:the current practice.
in vogue:current fashions.
- new; present;
most recent:the current issue of a publication.
- publicly reported or known:a rumor that is current.
- passing from one to another; circulating, as a coin.
flow, as of a river.
something that flows, as a stream.
a large portion of air, large body of water, etc., moving in a certain direction.
the speed at which such flow moves;
velocity of flow.
Electricity[Elect.]See electric current.
a course, as of time or events;
the main course;
the general tendency.
2 . common, widespread, popular, rife. Current, present, prevailing, prevalent refer to something generally or commonly in use. That which is current is in general circulation or a matter of common knowledge or acceptance:current usage in English.Present refers to that which is in use now;
- Latin as above; see -ent
- Latin current- (stem of currēns) running (present participle of currere); replacing Middle English curraunt
it always has the sense of time:present customs.That which is prevailing is that which has superseded others:prevailing fashion.That which is prevalent exists or is spread widely:a prevalent idea. 3 . stylish, fashionable, modish. 10 . See stream.
2 . obsolete. 3 . old-fashioned.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
current /ˈkʌrənt/ adj
- of the immediate present; in progress
- most recent; up-to-date
- commonly known, practised, or accepted; widespread
- circulating and valid at present: current coins
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French corant, literally: running, from corre to run, from Latin currereˈcurrently adv ˈcurrentness n
- (esp of water or air) a steady usually natural flow
- a mass of air, body of water, etc, that has a steady flow in a particular direction
- the rate of flow of such a mass
Also called: electric current a flow of electric charge through a conductor
- the rate of flow of this charge. It is measured in amperes
- a general trend or drift: currents of opinion
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