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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  --Nichol. 
 
  2.  General  course;  ordinary  procedure;  progressive  and 
  connected  movement;  as  the  current  of  time,  of  events,  of 
  opinion,  etc 
 
  {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 
  tide. 
 
  Syn:  Stream;  course.  See  {Stream}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.  --Tennyson. 
 
  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 
  history. 
 
  That  there  was  current  money  in  Abraham's  time  is 
  past  doubt.  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  Your  fire-new  stamp  of  honor  is  scarce  current. 
  --Shak. 
 
  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; 
  passable. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  current 
  adj  :  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:  {electric  current}] 
  2:  a  steady  flow  (usually  from  natural  causes);  "the  raft 
  floated  downstream  on  the  current";  "he  felt  a  stream  of 
  air"  [syn:  {stream}] 
  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}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  current 
 
    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. 
 
  (1995-10-05) 
 
 




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