Meaning of CURRENT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kʌrənt, AM kɜ:r- ]

( currents)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A current is a steady and continuous flowing movement of some of the water in a river, lake, or sea.

Under normal conditions, the ocean currents of the tropical Pacific travel from east to west...

The couple were swept away by the strong current.



A current is a steady flowing movement of air.

I felt a current of cool air blowing in my face.

N-COUNT : usu with supp


An electric current is a flow of electricity through a wire or circuit.

A powerful electric current is passed through a piece of graphite.



A particular current is a particular feeling, idea, or quality that exists within a group of people.

Each party represents a distinct current of thought...

N-COUNT : with supp , oft N of n


Current means happening, being used, or being done at the present time.

The current situation is very different to that in 1990...

He plans to repeal a number of current policies...

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• cur‧rent‧ly

Twelve potential vaccines are currently being tested on human volunteers...

ADV : ADV before v


Ideas and customs that are current are generally accepted and used by most people.

Current thinking suggests that toxins only have a small part to play in the build up of cellulite...



see also alternating current , direct current

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