[[t]kʌ̱rənt, AM kɜ͟ːr-[/t]]
1) N-COUNT 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.

2) N-COUNT: usu with supp A current is a steady flowing movement of air.

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

3) N-COUNT An electric current is a flow of electricity through a wire or circuit.

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

4) N-COUNT: with supp, oft N of n 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...

A strong current of nationalism runs through ideology and politics in the Arab world.

5) ADJ: usu ADJ 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...

When asked for your views about your current job, on no account must you be negative.

Derived words:
currently ADV ADV before v

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

He currently has no strong rivals for power.

6) ADJ 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...

This custom was still current in the late 1960s.

7) See also , direct current

English dictionary. 2008.


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