from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Belonging to the present time: current events; current leaders.
  • adj. Being in progress now: current negotiations.
  • adj. Passing from one to another; circulating: current bills and coins.
  • adj. Prevalent, especially at the present time: current fashions. See Synonyms at prevailing.
  • adj. Running; flowing.
  • n. A steady, smooth onward movement: a current of air from a fan; a current of spoken words. See Synonyms at flow.
  • n. The part of a body of liquid or gas that has a continuous onward movement: rowed out into the river's swift current.
  • n. A general tendency, movement, or course. See Synonyms at tendency.
  • n. Electricity A flow of electric charge.
  • n. Electricity The amount of electric charge flowing past a specified circuit point per unit time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction.
  • n. The time rate of flow of electric charge.
  • n. A tendency or a course of events.
  • adj. Existing or occurring at the moment.
  • adj. Generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Running or moving rapidly.
  • adj. Now passing, as time.
  • adj. Passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulating through the community; generally received; common.
  • adj. Commonly estimated or acknowledged.
  • adj. Fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; passable.
  • n. 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; ; that which resembles a stream in motion.
  • n. General course; ordinary procedure; progressive and connected movement

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Running; moving; flowing; passing.
  • Hence Passing from one to another; especially, widely circulated; publicly known, believed, or reported; common; general; prevalent; as, the current ideas of the day.
  • Passing from hand to hand; circulating: as, current coin.
  • Established by common estimation or consent; generally received: as, the current value of coin.
  • Entitled to credit or recognition; fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; genuine.
  • Now passing; present in its course: as, the current month or year.
  • n. A flowing; a flow; a stream; a passing by a continuous flux: used of fluids, as water, air, etc., or of supposed fluids, as electricity.
  • n. Specifically, a portion of a large body of water or of air moving in a certain direction: as, ocean-currents.
  • n. Course in general; progressive movement or passage; connected series: as, the current of time.
  • n. General or main course; general tendency: as, the current of opinion.
  • n. The amount of depression given to a roof to cause the water which falls upon it to flow in a given direction.
  • To make current or common; establish in common estimation; render acceptable.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of currant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a flow of electricity through a conductor
  • n. a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
  • adj. occurring in or belonging to the present time
  • n. dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English curraunt, from Old French corant, present participle of courre, to run, from Latin currere; see kers- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English curraunt, from Old French curant (French: courant), present participle of courre ("to run"), from Latin currere, present active infinitive of currō ("I run").


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