- 1Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now: keep abreast of current events I started my current job in 2001More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1In common or general use: the other meaning of the word is still currentMore example sentences
- 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.
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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 currentsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles: this completes the circuit so that a current flows to the lamp magnetic fields are produced by currents flowing in the cablesMore 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.
- 2.1A quantity representing the rate of flow of electric charge, usually measured in amperes: at high currents there is wasteful power dissipationMore 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.
- 3The general tendency or course of events or opinion: the student movement formed a distinct current of protestMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English (in the adjective sense 'running, flowing'): from Old French corant 'running', from courre 'run', from Latin currere 'run'.