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current

Syllabification: cur·rent
Pronunciation: /ˈkərənt
 
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Definition of current in English:

adjective

1Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now: keep abreast of current events I started my current job last year
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  • This was done in the current research by presenting events (bets on the toss of a coin) in blocks.
  • I'm not expected to be well-educated on modern politics and current events.
  • However, they obviously did not do enough because if there was not a serious problem the current turn of events would not have happened.
Synonyms
1.1In common or general use: the other meaning of the word is still current
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  • A common current myth about American English is that it is being ruined by mass media.
  • The attitude current at the time was that they were an inferior race.
Synonyms
prevalent, prevailing, common, accepted, in circulation, circulating, on everyone's lips, popular, widespread

noun

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1A body of water or air moving in a definite direction, especially through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement: ocean currents
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  • In the underwater world, the lateral system sensed the currents of water surrounding the fishes' bodies.
  • It is so big it has blocked wind and water currents that break up ice floes in McMurdo Sound during the Antarctic summer.
  • The data will cover things such as water currents, wind direction and temperatures.
Synonyms
flow, stream, backdraft, slipstream;
undercurrent, undertow, tide
1.1A flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles.
Example sentences
  • The very small particles stream through wires and circuits creating currents of electricity.
  • This interaction causes giant electrical currents to flow above our heads of around one million amps!
  • Due to certain conditions of the earth beneath dwellings, electrical currents are caused to flow, thus producing a magnetic field that extends into the dwelling space.
1.2A quantity representing the rate of flow of electric charge, usually measured in amperes.
Example sentences
  • Then measure the voltage and current by attaching your volt meter to the two pieces of metal.
  • As discussed previously, voltage is measured in volts, and current is measured in amps.
  • A first detector detects an average of the AC current applied to the charge member.
1.3The general tendency or course of events or opinion: the student movement formed a distinct current of protest
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  • This is why there is not a people in which these three currents of opinion do not coexist, turning man toward divergent and even contradictory directions.
  • The courts' response is generally slow, often several years behind the current of popular opinion.
  • They also provide a glimpse of the powerful social currents that shape the course of language usage in society.
Synonyms
course, progress, progression, flow, tide, movement
trend, drift, direction, tendency

Origin

Middle English (in the adjective sense 'running, flowing'): from Old French corant 'running', from courre 'run', from Latin currere 'run'.

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  • cursor from (Middle English):

    Nowadays we call the movable indicator on our computer screen the cursor. In medieval English a cursor was a running messenger: it is a borrowing of the Latin word for ‘a runner’, and comes from currere ‘to run’. From the late 16th century cursor became the term for a sliding part of a slide rule or other instrument, marked with a line for pinpointing the position on a scale that you want, the forerunner of the computing sense. Currere is the source of very many English words including course (Middle English) something you run along; concourse (Late Middle English) originally a crowd who had ‘run together’; current (Middle English) originally meaning ‘running, flowing’; discursive (late 16th century) running away from the point; excursion (late 16th century) running out to see things; intercourse (Late Middle English) originally an exchange running between people; and precursor (Late Middle English) one who goes before; as well as supplying the cur part of concur (Late Middle English); incur (Late Middle English); occur (Late Middle English) (from ob- ‘against’); and recur (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with current

blackcurrant, concurrent, currant, occurrent, redcurrant

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