Meaning of CURRENT in English


— currently , adv.

/kerr"euhnt, kur"-/ , adj.

1. passing in time; belonging to the time actually passing: the current month.

2. prevalent; customary: the current practice.

3. popular; in vogue: current fashions.

4. new; present; most recent: the current issue of a publication.

5. publicly reported or known: a rumor that is current.

6. passing from one to another; circulating, as a coin.

7. Archaic. running; flowing.

8. Obs. genuine; authentic.


9. a flowing; flow, as of a river.

10. something that flows, as a stream.

11. a large portion of air, large body of water, etc., moving in a certain direction.

12. the speed at which such flow moves; velocity of flow.

13. Elect. See electric current .

14. a course, as of time or events; the main course; the general tendency.

[ 1250-1300; current- (s. of currens ) running (prp. of currere ); r. ME curraunt ]

Syn. 2. common, widespread, popular, rife. CURRENT, PRESENT, PREVAILING, PREVALENT refer to something generally or commonly in use. That which is CURRENT is in general circulation or a matter of common knowledge or acceptance: current usage in English. PRESENT refers to that which is in use now; it always has the sense of time: present customs. That which is PREVAILING is that which has superseded others: prevailing fashion. That which is PREVALENT exists or is spread widely: a prevalent idea. 3. stylish, fashionable, modish. 10. See stream .

Ant. 2. obsolete. 3. old-fashioned.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .