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English adjective: current

1. current occurring in or belonging to the present time


SamplesCurrent events.
The current topic.
Current negotiations.
Current psychoanalytic theories.
The ship's current position.


Similaractual, afoot, circulating, contemporary, incumbent, latest, live, live, occurrent, on-going, on-line, ongoing, online, present-day, topical, underway, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute


See alsomodern, new


Attributecurrency, currentness, up-to-dateness


Antonymsnoncurrent


English noun: current

1. current (phenomenon) a flow of electricity through a conductor


SamplesThe current was measured in amperes.


Synonymselectric current


Broader (hypernym)electrical phenomenon


Narrower (hyponym)juice, thermionic current

2. current (event) a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)


SamplesThe raft floated downstream on the current.
He felt a stream of air.
The hose ejected a stream of water.


Synonymsstream


Broader (hypernym)flow, flowing


Narrower (hyponym)eddy, maelstrom, ocean current, rip current, riptide, tidal current, tidal flow, torrent, twist, undercurrent, undertide, violent stream, vortex, whirlpool

3. current (group) dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas


SamplesTwo streams of development run through American history.
Stream of consciousness.
The flow of thought.
The current of history.


Synonymsflow, stream


Broader (hypernym)course, line









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