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cur·rent

 (kûr′ənt, kŭr′-)
adj.
1.
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.
n.
1. A steady, smooth onward flow or 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 river's swift current.
3. A general tendency, movement, or course. See Synonyms at tendency.
4. Symbol I Electricity
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.]

cur′rent·ly adv.
cur′rent·ness n.

current

(ˈkʌrənt)
adj
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.
n
5. (esp of water or air) a steady usually natural flow
6. (Physical Geography) a mass of air, body of water, etc, that has a steady flow in a particular direction
7. (Physical Geography) the rate of flow of such a mass
8. (General Physics) physics
a. a flow of electric charge through a conductor
b. the rate of flow of this charge. It is measured in amperes. Symbol: I
9. a general trend or drift: currents of opinion.
[C13: from Old French corant, literally: running, from corre to run, from Latin currere]
ˈcurrently adv
ˈcurrentness n

cur•rent

(ˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-)

adj.
1. belonging to the time actually passing; present: the current month.
2. generally or commonly used or accepted; prevalent: current usage in English.
3. popular; in vogue.
4. most recent; new: the current issue of a magazine.
5. publicly or commonly reported or known: a rumor that is current.
6. in circulation, as a coin.
7. Archaic. running; flowing.
n.
8. a flowing; flow, as of a river.
9. something that flows, as a stream.
10. the most rapidly moving part of a stream.
11. a portion of a large body of water or mass of air moving in a certain direction.
12. the speed at which such flow moves; velocity of flow.
13. the movement or flow of electric charge, the rate of which is measured in amperes.
14. a general tendency or course.
[1250–1300; Middle English curraunt < Anglo-French < Latin current-, s. of currēns, present participle of currere to run]
cur′rent•ly, adv.

cur·rent

(kûr′ənt)
1. A flowing movement in a liquid or gas, especially one that follows a recognizable course: a current of cool air flowing through the room.
2. A flow of electric charge. See Note at charge.
3. The amount of electric charge that passes a point in a unit of time, usually expressed in amperes.
Did You Know? You listen to your portable CD player thanks to direct current, but you turn on the lights thanks to alternating current. Direct current, or DC, is electricity that flows at a constant voltage directly from a source, such as a battery with a stored electric charge. Batteries are great when you're on the move, but DC has a fundamental problem: electricity is easily lost to resistance and wasted as heat in the wires. Alternating current, or AC, on the other hand, is what flows from your walls. This is because it can be transmitted at very high voltage with little heat loss. Moreover, the voltage can efficiently be brought down to a low, safe level for home use. AC's name reflects the fact that the current alternates its direction of flow. On average, AC flow in the US switches direction 60 times each second and delivers about 115 volts from an ordinary outlet. Other countries set their own AC standards.

current

A body of water moving in a certain direction and caused by wind and density differences in water. The effects of a current are modified by water depth, underwater topography, basin shape, land masses, and deflection from the earth's rotation.

currant

current

These words are both pronounced /'kʌrənt/.

1. 'currant'

Currant is a noun. A currant is a small dried grape.

...dried fruits such as currants, raisins and dried apricots.
2. 'current' used as a noun

Current can be a noun or an adjective.

A current is a steady and continuous flowing movement of some of the water in a river or lake, or in the sea.

The child had been swept out to sea by the current.

A current is also a steady flowing movement of air, or a flow of electricity through a wire or circuit.

I felt a current of cool air blowing in my face.
There was a powerful electric current running through the wires.
3. 'current' used as an adjective

Current is used to describe things which are happening or being used now, rather than at some time in the past or future.

Our current methods of production are far too expensive.

current

The flow of electricity through a conductor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.current - a flow of electricity through a conductorcurrent - a flow of electricity through a conductor; "the current was measured in amperes"
electrical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon involving electricity
juice - electric current; "when the wiring was finished they turned on the juice"
thermionic current - an electric current produced between two electrodes as a result of electrons emitted by thermionic emission
2.current - a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"; "the hose ejected a stream of water"
tidal current, tidal flow - the water current caused by the tides
rip current, riptide - a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore
undertide, undercurrent - a current below the surface of a fluid
flow, flowing - the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
violent stream, torrent - a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid); "the houses were swept away in the torrent"
eddy, twist - a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
maelstrom, whirlpool, vortex - a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
ocean current - the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction
3.current - 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"
course, line - a connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"
Adj.1.current - occurring in or belonging to the present time; "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"
modern - belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages; "modern art"; "modern furniture"; "modern history"; "totem poles are modern rather than prehistoric"
new - not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered; "a new law"; "new cars"; "a new comet"; "a new friend"; "a new year"; "the New World"
noncurrent - not current or belonging to the present time

current

noun
1. flow, course, undertow, jet, stream, tide, progression, river, tideway The swimmers were swept away by the strong current.
2. draught, flow, breeze, puff I felt a current of cool air blowing in my face.
3. mood, feeling, spirit, atmosphere, trend, tendency, drift, inclination, vibe (slang), undercurrent A strong current of nationalism is running through the country.
adjective
1. present, fashionable, ongoing, up-to-date, in, now (informal), happening (informal), contemporary, in the news, sexy (informal), trendy (Brit. informal), topical, present-day, in fashion, in vogue, up-to-the-minute, du jour (French), culty current trends in the music scene
present past, old-fashioned, obsolete, out-of-date, archaic, outmoded, passé

current

adjective
1. Characteristic of recent times or informed of what is current:
3. Most generally existing or encountered at a given time:
noun
Something suggestive of running water:
Translations
تِيَّارتيّار كَهرُبائيتَيّار مائي أو هوائيحاضِر، حالي، جارِحَالِيّ
proudsoučasnýaktuálnínynější
strømaktuelelektrisk strømindeværendenuværende
fluo
hoovus
tämänhetkinensähkövirtasuuntausvirtavirtaus
strujatijektrenutni
áramáramlatvillamosáram
arus
straumuryfirstandandi; núgildandi; nÿjastur
流れ現在の電流
전류현재의흐름
dabardabar esantisdabartiniseinamasiseinamoji sąskaita
pašreizējsstraumestrāva
toktrenutentekoč
strömaktuellnuvarande
กระแสไฟกระแสน้ำ
dònghiện hànhluồng

current

[ˈkʌrənt]
A. ADJ [fashion, tendency] → actual; [price, word] → corriente; [year, month, week] → presente, en curso
the current month/yearel presente mes/año, el mes/año en curso
the current issue of the magazineel último número de la revista
her current boyfriendsu novio de ahora
to be in current useestar en uso corriente
a word in current useuna palabra de uso corriente
the current opinion is thatactualmente se cree que ...
this idea/method is still quite currentesta idea/este método se usa bastante todavía
B. N (all senses) → corriente f
direct/alternating currentcorriente f directa/alterna
to go against the currentir contra la corriente
to go with the currentdejarse llevar por la corriente
C. CPD current account N (Brit) → cuenta f corriente
current affairs NPLtemas mpl de actualidad
current assets NPLactivo msing corriente
current events N = current affairs current liabilities NPLpasivo msing corriente

current

[ˈkʌrənt]
n
(electrical)courant m alternating current, direct current
(in water)courant m
The current is very strong → Le courant est très fort.
(= trend) → tendance f
adj [tendency, event, situation, crisis] → actuel(le); [climate, system] → actuel(le); [year] → en cours
the current situation → la situation actuelle
the current issue of a magazine → le dernier numéro d'un magazine
in current use → d'usage courantcurrent account n (British)compte m courantcurrent affairs [ˌkʌrəntəˈfɛərz]
npll'actualité f
modif
current affairs programme → émission f d'actualitéscurrent assets [ˌkʌrəntˈæsɛts] npl (COMMERCE)actif m disponiblecurrent liabilities [ˌkʌrəntlaɪəˈbɪlɪtɪz] npl (COMMERCE)passif m exigible à court terme

current

adj (= present)augenblicklich, gegenwärtig; policy, priceaktuell; research, month, weeklaufend; editionletzte(r, s); (= prevalent) opinionverbreitet; spelling, wordgebräuchlich; to be no longer currentnicht mehr aktuell sein; (coins)nicht mehr in Umlauf sein; a current rumourein Gerücht, das zurzeit in Umlauf ist; current affairsTagespolitik f, → aktuelle Fragen pl, → Aktuelle(s) nt; in current useallgemein gebräuchlich
n
(of water)Strömung f, → Strom m; (of air)Luftströmung f, → Luftstrom m; with/against the currentmit dem/gegen den Strom; air/ocean currentLuft-/Meeresströmung for -strom m
(Elec) → Strom m
(fig: of events, opinions etc) → Tendenz f, → Trend m; to go against the current of popular opiniongegen den Strom or die Strömung der öffentlichen Meinung anschwimmen; to go with the current of popular opinionmit dem Strom or der Strömung der öffentlichen Meinung schwimmen; if you try to go against the current of eventswenn Sie versuchen, gegen den Strom der Ereignisse anzuschwimmen; the current of public feeling is now in favour of/against …die öffentliche Meinung tendiert zur Befürwortung/Ablehnung von …; a politician who ignores the current of popular opinionein Politiker, der die Tendenz(en) der öffentlichen Meinung or den Trend (in) der öffentlichen Meinung unbeachtet lässt

current

:
current account
nGirokonto nt
current assets
plUmlaufvermögen nt
current-carrying
adj (Elec) → Strom führend
current collector
n (Rail etc) → Stromabnehmer m
current expenses
pllaufende Ausgaben pl
current liabilities

current

[ˈkʌrnt]
1. adj (fashion, opinion, year) → corrente; (tendency, price, event) → attuale; (phrase) → di uso corrente
in current use → in uso corrente, d'uso comune
the current issue of a magazine → l'ultimo numero di una rivista
her current boyfriend → il suo attuale ragazzo
2. n (of air, water) (Elec) (fig) → corrente f
direct/alternating current (Elec) → corrente continua/alternata
to go against the current (fig) → andare controcorrente

current

(ˈkarənt) , ((American) ˈkə:-) adjective
of or belonging to the present. current affairs; the current month; the current temperature.
noun
1. (the direction of) a stream of water or air. the current of a river.
2. (a) flow of electricity. an electrical current.
ˈcurrently adverb
at the present time. John is currently working as a bus-driver.
current account
an account with a bank from which money may be withdrawn by cheque.

electric current (not currant); current (not currant) affairs.

current

تِيَّار, حَالِيّ aktuální, proud nuværende, strøm aktuell, Strom, Strömung ηλεκτρικό ρεύμα, ρεύμα, τρέχων actual, corriente sähkövirta, tämänhetkinen, virtaus actuel, courant struja, tijek, trenutni attuale, corrente 流れ, 現在の, 電流 전류, 현재의, 흐름 actueel, stroom gjeldende, strøm aktualny, nurt, prąd atual, corrente поток, текущий, электрический ток aktuell, ström กระแสไฟ, กระแสน้ำ, ปัจจุบัน, เป็นปัจจุบัน, ที่ใช้กันในปัจจุบัน akım, akış, güncel dòng, hiện hành, luồng 当前的, 气流或水流, 电流

cur·rent

n. corriente, trasmisión de fluido o electricidad que pasa por un conductor;
adv. actualmente.
a. corriente, actual.

current

adj actual; his current condition..su condición actual; n corriente f
References in classic literature ?
Nothing of the sort, for not a soul appeared but a sanginary-looking boy asleep under the current bushes.
WHEN DAVID HARDY was a tall boy of fifteen, he, like his mother, had an adventure that changed the whole current of his life and sent him out of his quiet corner into the world.
I have been so busy on my stabilizer patent that I haven't kept up with current literature.
I peeped over the edge of the bank to see the little stream that made the noise; it flowed along perfectly clear over the sand and gravel, cut off from the muddy main current by a long sandbar.
A subtle current of desire passed through her body, weakening her hold upon the brushes and making her eyes burn.
The vast canopy of woods spread itself to the margin of the river, overhanging the water, and shadowing its dark current with a deeper hue.
With a gesture of impotent fury, he dashed away in the direction of an equally excited crowd, that on a point of the slope nearer the island were gesticulating and shouting to a second group of men, who on the opposite shore were clambering on over the choked debris of the flume that had dammed and diverted the current.
His blood might possibly exist elsewhere; here, where its lowly current could be traced so far back, it had ceased to keep an onward course.
The trees impending over it had flung down great branches from time to time, which choked up the current, and compelled it to form eddies and black depths at some points; while, in its swifter and livelier passages there appeared a channel-way of pebbles, and brown, sparkling sand.
They are like those little nooks of still water, which border a rapid stream, where we may see the straw and bubble riding quietly at anchor, or slowly revolving in their mimic harbor, undisturbed by the rush of the passing current.
But I soon found that there came such a draught of cold air over me from under the sill of the window, that this plan would never do at all, especially as another current from the rickety door met the one from the window, and both together formed a series of small whirlwinds in the immediate vicinity of the spot where I had thought to spend the night.
I could not understand much of what they said, but I found they thought, if I had gone on as the master wanted me, most likely the bridge would have given way under us, and horse, chaise, master, and man would have fallen into the river; and as the current was flowing very strongly, and there was no light and no help at hand, it was more than likely we should all have been drowned.