Meaning of CURRENT in English

I. ˈkər.ənt, ˈkə.rə- adjective

Etymology: Middle English curraunt, coraunt, from Old French corant, curant, present participle of corre, courre to run, from Latin currere; akin to Middle High German hurren to hurry, Old Irish & Middle Welsh carr vehicle, Greek epi kouros hastening to aid, and perhaps to Old English & Old High German horsc wise, quick, Old Norse horskr


a. archaic : running , flowing , moving

b. archaic : fluent : flowing easily and smoothly


(1) : presently elapsing

the current fiscal year

the current month

(2) : occurring in or belonging to the present time : in evidence or in operation at the time actually elapsing

the current crisis

current excitement over elections

current services

(3) of a serial publication : most recent

the current number of a quarterly magazine


a. : being in use as a medium of exchange : circulating as money

the current coin of the realm

b. obsolete : not counterfeit or spurious : genuine


a. : in general knowledge, acceptance, use, or practice : prevalent , accustomed , general : commonly accepted, engaged in, followed, used, or practiced : in vogue : contemporary

current fashions

current customs

current beliefs

current theories of education

b. mathematics : varying from point to point : general

Synonyms: see prevailing

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English curraunt, from Middle French curant, from curant, adjective


a. : the part of a fluid body (as air or water) moving continuously in a certain direction : stream

b. : the swiftest part of a stream

c. : a tidal or nontidal movement often horizontal of lake or ocean water : drift

d. : condition of flowing : flow marked by force or strength : flow , flux

the violent current of the mountain stream

e. : the velocity of flow of a fluid in a stream

measured the current and temperature in the sea just off the ice shelf — Valter Schytt

2. : inclination given a channel or a surface shedding water : pitch , tilt

the current of the gutter

3. : course of events : tenor , trend , tendency : flux of forces

in the deep emotional and creative currents that produced the Renaissance — G.C.Sellery

strong currents of public opinion

an adventure that changed the whole current of his life — Sherwood Anderson


a. : electric current

b. : the intensity of an electric current

Synonyms: see flow , tendency

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