I. adjective Etymology: Middle English curraunt, from Anglo-French corant, present participle of cure, courre to run, from Latin currere — more at car Date: 14th century 1. a. archaic running, flowing b. (1) presently elapsing <
the current year
(2) occurring in or existing at the present time <
the current crisis
(3) most recent <
the magazine's current issue
2. used as a medium of exchange 3. generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment <
current fashions
currently adverbcurrentness noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the part of a fluid body (as air or water) moving continuously in a certain direction b. the swiftest part of a stream c. a tidal or nontidal movement of lake or ocean water d. flow marked by force or strength 2. a. a tendency or course of events that is usually the result of an interplay of forces <
currents of public opinion
b. a prevailing mood ; strain 3. a flow of electric charge; also the rate of such flow Synonyms: see tendency

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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