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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


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.


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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