Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
    he felt a stream of air
    the hose ejected a stream of water
  2. (noun, group) dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
    stream of consciousness
    the flow of thought
    the current of history
  3. (noun, phenomenon) a flow of electricity through a conductor
  4. (adj, all) occurring in or belonging to the present time
    the current topic
    current negotiations
    current psychoanalytic theories
    the ship's current position

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Synonyms of Current

electric current, flow, stream

Antonyms of Current


Origin of the word Current

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. corant "running," prp. of corre "to run," from L. currere "to run," from PIE *kers- "to run" (cf. Gk. -khouros "running," Lith. karsiu "go quickly," O.N. horskr "swift," O.Ir., M.Welsh carr "cart, wagon," Bret. karr "chariot," Welsh carrog "torrent"). The noun is c.1380, from M.Fr. coran… more

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