[syn: stream, flow, current]
1. occurring in or belonging to the present time;
- Example: "current events"
- Example: "the current topic"
- Example: "current negotiations"
- Example: "current psychoanalytic theories"
- Example: "the ship's current position"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Current \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
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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Current \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. --Gower.
To chase a creature that was current then
In these wild woods, the hart with golden horns.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: 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]
n 1: a flow of electricity through a conductor; "the current was
measured in amperes" [syn: current, electric current]
2: 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" [syn: current,
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,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
360 Moby Thesaurus words for "current":
AC, Brownian movement, DC, Zeitgeist, a la mode,
absorption current, accepted, accessible, accidental, accompanying,
accustomed, active current, actual, ado, advance, advised,
affirmed, affluence, afflux, affluxion, afloat, afoot, aim,
air current, all the rage, all the thing, alternating current,
angular motion, announced, as is, ascending, ascent, au courant,
au fait, average, aware, axial motion, azimuth, backflowing,
backing, backward motion, bandied about, base current, bearing,
being, bent, besetting, broadcast, brought to notice,
bruited about, career, cathode current, circulated, circumstantial,
climbing, coeval, collector current, common, common knowledge,
common property, commonly known, commonplace, concourse,
conduction current, confluence, conflux, conformable,
consuetudinary, contemporaneous, contemporary, convection current,
conventional, course, crosscurrent, current of air, customary,
cycle, declared, defluxion, delta current, descending, descent,
dielectric displacement current, diffused, direct current,
direction, direction line, displacement current, disseminated,
distributed, doing, dominant, downdraft, downflow, downpour,
downward motion, draft, drift, driftage, ebbing, eddy current,
electric current, electric stream, electron cloud, electron flow,
electron gas, electron stream, emission current, epidemic,
established, eventuating, everyday, exciting current, existent,
existing, extant, fall wind, familiar, fashionable, flight, flood,
flow, flow of air, flowing, fluency, flux, following wind,
forward motion, free alternating current, fresh, galvanic current,
generally accepted, glacial movement, going about, going around,
going on, gush, habitual, hackneyed, happening, head wind, heading,
helmsmanship, high-frequency current, hip, household, idle current,
immanent, immediate, in being, in circulation, in effect,
in existence, in fashion, in force, in hand, in print, in style,
in the air, in the know, in the news, in the wind, in vogue,
incidental, inclination, indraft, induced current,
induction current, inflow, informed, inhalation, inrush,
inspiration, instant, ionization current, jetstream, juice,
katabatic wind, known, latest, lay, lie, line, line of direction,
line of march, living, low-frequency current, made public,
magnetizing current, main current, mainstream, mill run, millrace,
mod, modern, modish, monsoon, motion, mounting, movement,
movement of air, multiphase current, navigation, new, newfashioned,
normal, normative, notorious, oblique motion, obtaining,
occasional, occurring, on, on foot, ongoing, onrush, onward course,
open, ordinary, orientation, outflow, output current, pandemic,
passage, passing, piloting, plate current, platitudinous, plunging,
point, popular, posted, predominant, predominating, prescribed,
prescriptive, present, present-age, present-day, present-time,
prevailing, prevalent, proclaimed, progress, propagated,
proverbial, public, published, pulsating direct current, quarter,
race, radial motion, rampant, random motion, range,
reactive current, received, reflowing, refluence, reflux, regnant,
regression, regular, regulation, reigning, reported, resultant,
retrogression, rife, rising, rotary current, routine, ruling,
rumored, run, running, rush, set, sideward motion, simultaneous,
single-phase alternating current, sinking, smart, soaring,
space charge, spate, spread, standard, stated, steerage, steering,
stereotyped, sternway, stock, stray current, stream, stream of air,
stylish, subsiding, subsistent, subsisting, surge, swing,
tail wind, taking place, talked about, talked-about, talked-of,
telecast, televised, tendency, tenor, that be, that is,
the general tendency, the main course, thermionic current,
thermoelectric current, three-phase alternating current, tide,
time spirit, time-honored, tone, topical, track, traditional,
traject, trajet, trend, trendy, trite, truistic, under the sun,
under way, undercurrent, undertow, universal, universally admitted,
universally recognized, up-to-date, up-to-datish, up-to-the-minute,
updraft, upward motion, usual, vernacular, voltaic current,
water flow, watt current, way, well-kenned, well-known,
well-recognized, well-understood, whispered, whispered about,
widely known, widespread, wind, wonted
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
The quantity of charge per unit time, measured
in Amperes (Amps, A). By historical convention, the sign of
current is positive for currents flowing from positive to
negative potential, but experience indicates that electrons
are negatively charged and flow in the opposite direction.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
CURRENT, merc. law. A term used to express present time; the current month;
i.e. the present month. Price current, is the ordinary price at the time
spoken of. A printed paper, containing such prices, is also called a price
2. Current, in another sense, signifies that which is readily received;
as, current money.