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CURRENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does current mean? 

CURRENT (noun)
  The noun CURRENT has 3 senses:

1. a flow of electricity through a conductor
2. a steady flow (usually from natural causes)
3. dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

  Familiarity information: CURRENT used as a noun is uncommon.


CURRENT (adjective)
  The adjective CURRENT has 1 sense:

1. occurring in or belonging to the present time

  Familiarity information: CURRENT used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CURRENT (noun)


Sense 1current [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A flow of electricity through a conductor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

current; electric current

Context example:

the current was measured in amperes

Hypernyms ("current" is a kind of...):

electrical phenomenon (a physical phenomenon involving electricity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "current"):

juice (electric current)

thermionic current (an electric current produced between two electrodes as a result of electrons emitted by thermionic emission)


Sense 2current [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A steady flow (usually from natural causes)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

current; stream

Context examples:

the raft floated downstream on the current / he felt a stream of air

Hypernyms ("current" is a kind of...):

flow; flowing (the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "current"):

tidal current; tidal flow (the water current caused by the tides)

rip current; riptide (a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore)

undercurrent; undertide (a current below the surface of a fluid)

torrent; violent stream (a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid))

eddy; twist (a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself)

maelstrom; vortex; whirlpool (a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides))

ocean current (the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction)


Sense 3current [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

stream; current; flow

Context examples:

two streams of development run through American history / stream of consciousness / the flow of thought / the current of history

Hypernyms ("current" is a kind of...):

course; line (a connected series of events or actions or developments)


CURRENT (adjective)


Sense 1current [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Occurring in or belonging to the present time

Context examples:

current events / the current topic / current negotiations / current psychoanalytic theories / the ship's current position

Similar:

on-going; ongoing (currently happening)

on-line (being in progress now)

prevailing; prevalent; rife (encountered generally especially at the present time)

topical (of interest at the present time)

up-to-date (reflecting the latest information or changes)

latest; up-to-the-minute (up to the immediate present; most recent or most up-to-date)

occurrent (presently occurring (either causally or incidentally))

live (in current use or ready for use)

live (of current relevance)

incumbent (currently holding an office)

contemporary; present-day (belonging to the present time)

circulating (passing from one to another)

afoot; underway (currently in progress)

actual (being or existing at the present moment)

Also:

modern (belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages)

new (not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered)

Attribute:

currency; currentness; up-to-dateness (the property of belonging to the present time)

Antonym:

noncurrent (not current or belonging to the present time)


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