• Upon this piece of timber I was carried away by the current
    Upon this piece of timber I was carried away by the current
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj current occurring in or belonging to the present time "current events","the current topic","current negotiations","current psychoanalytic theories","the ship's current position"
    • n current a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes) "the raft floated downstream on the current","he felt a stream of air","the hose ejected a stream of water"
    • n current dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas "two streams of development run through American history","stream of consciousness","the flow of thought","the current of history"
    • n current a flow of electricity through a conductor "the current was measured in amperes"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Chart of Currents and Rocks Chart of Currents and Rocks

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is no element on Mendeleev's (the current) periodic table of elements abbreviated, either partially, or fully, with the letter J.
    • Current A flowing or passing; onward motion. Hence: A body of fluid moving continuously in a certain direction; a stream; esp., the swiftest part of it; as, a current of water or of air; that which resembles a stream in motion; as, a current of electricity. "Two such silver currents , when they join,
      Do glorify the banks that bound them in."
      "The surface of the ocean is furrowed by currents , whose direction . . . the navigator should know."
    • Current Commonly estimated or acknowledged.
    • Current Fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; passable. "O Buckingham, now do I play the touch
      To try if thou be current gold indeed."
    • Current General course; ordinary procedure; progressive and connected movement; as, the current of time, of events, of opinion, etc.
    • Current Now passing, as time; as, the current month.
    • Current Passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulating through the community; generally received; common; as, a current coin; a current report; current history. "That there was current money in Abraham's time is past doubt.""Your fire-new stamp of honor is scarce current .""His current value, which is less or more as men have occasion for him."
    • Current Running or moving rapidly. "Like the current fire, that renneth
      Upon a cord."
      "To chase a creature that was current then
      In these wild woods, the hart with golden horns."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts.
    • current Running; moving; flowing; passing.
    • current Hence Passing from one to another; especially, widely circulated; publicly known, believed, or reported; common; general; prevalent; as, the current ideas of the day.
    • current Passing from hand to hand; circulating: as, current coin.
    • current Established by common estimation or consent; generally received: as, the current value of coin.
    • current Entitled to credit or recognition; fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; genuine.
    • current Now passing; present in its course: as, the current month or year. [In such expressions as 6th current (or curt.), current is really an adjective, the expression being short for 6th day of the current month.]
    • n current A flowing; a flow; a stream; a passing by a continuous flux: used of fluids, as water, air, etc., or of supposed fluids, as electricity.
    • n current Specifically, a portion of a large body of water or of air moving in a certain direction: as, ocean-currents. The set of a current is that point of the compass toward which the waters run; the drift of a current is the rate at which it runs. The principal ocean-currents are the Gulf Stream, the equatorial currents of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans, and the Japanese, Peruvian, Brazilian, Labrador, Antarctic, and Australian currents.
    • n current Course in general; progressive movement or passage; connected series: as, the current of time.
    • n current General or main course; general tendency: as, the current of opinion.
    • n current The amount of depression given to a roof to cause the water which falls upon it to flow in a given direction.
    • current To make current or common; establish in common estimation; render acceptable.
    • n current An obsolete spelling of currant.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Currently the world's tallest building is the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Petronas Towers measures 1,483ft.
    • adj Current kur′ent running or flowing: passing from person to person: generally received: now passing: present
    • n Current a running or flowing: a stream: a portion of water or air moving in a certain direction: course
    • ***


  • Samuel M. Shoemaker
    Samuel M. Shoemaker
    “Is your Christianity ancient history--or current events?”
  • John Locke
    “There cannot be greater rudeness than to interrupt another in the current of his discourse.”
  • William Fink
    William Fink
    “I really don't care that I don't have what's current because whatever is at the moment, it will be infinitely better in a few months and even better months later.”
  • George Eliot
    “But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.”
  • William James
    “Knowledge about life is one thing; effective occupation of a place in life, with its dynamic currents passing through your being, is another.”
  • George Age
    George Age
    “Only the more rugged mortals should attempt to keep up with current literature.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. currant, OF. curant, corant, p. pr. of curre, corre, F. courre, courir, to run, from L. currere,; perh. akin to E. horse,. Cf. Course Concur Courant Coranto


In literature:

They are floating with its current, and consequently increasing the distance from their home.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The current U.S. embassy in Baghdad totals about 1,000 U.S. government employees.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
Beyond these bayous, into which their sluggish currents flow, lies the Narrow Sea.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Then, putting on supplies for Fort Enterprise, she hustled down home with the current.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
The river was as wide as the Thames at Greenwich, with a very rapid current.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Test the current by means of the two latter and also with an electric bell.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
There is, in reality, only a current of existence and the opposing current; thence proceeds the whole evolution of life.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
The intensity of the galvanic current corresponds directly to the number of cells from which it is derived.
"The Electric Bath" by George M. Schweig
She felt like a swimmer in a swift current when the deep waters are closing over his head.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Distant from the Atlantic 2230 miles; current, 3-1/3 miles per hour; average current between Nauta and San Regis, 3-1/4 miles per hour.
"Life of Rear Admiral John Randolph Tucker" by James Henry Rochelle
A direct current dynamo and a direct current motor are identical in construction.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
With both logs you must allow for currents.
"Lectures in Navigation" by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
If it is found necessary to warm the zinc wall, a current of electricity is passed through the resistance wire W, fig.
"Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy Transformations of Man" by Francis Gano Benedict
Suppose that the battery current enters at W. As long as both keys are raised, the current can go no farther.
"How Two Boys Made Their Own Electrical Apparatus" by Thomas M. (Thomas Matthew) St. John
A few years back the current opinion was against the doctrine that there was much Danish in England.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
He who prays begins his prayer with some idea of God, generally one that he has received from instruction or from current traditions.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The gunboats steam up slowly against the current, that the troops may have time to get into position in rear of the Rebel intrenchments.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Frantz automatically carried his line from left to right, then permitted it to descend the current from right to left.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
No man can plunge twice into the same current, for it is always flowing and passing, and is never the same.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
There was a deep current of passion in her which she had come to feel would never be satisfied.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

Foaming, the wine;
And as the current flows
O'er the bright stones it goes,--
Leaving the hilly lands
"From Faust - IV. Chorus Of Spirits" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Dreamer, turn then to the real
With a frank and trusting soul,
Not alone to the ideal
Let thy genial currents roll.
"Reality" by Walter Richard Cassels
Grieving to look on vice and sin,
Yet powerless to quell
The silent current from within,
The outward torrent's swell
"If This Be All" by Anne Bronte
On battlefields he was the bow
Bestrung to fly the shaft:
In idle hours his heart would flow
As winds on currents waft.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
"When my lover calls I haste—
Dame Disdain was never wedded!"
Ripple-ripple round her waist,
Clear the current eddied.
"A Ripple Song" by Rudyard Kipling
And on, like Ocean's midnight wave,
The current rolled along,
When, suddenly, a stranger form
Was seen amidst the throng.
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that 33-year-old Valerie Hernandez was arrested last week after a nearly six-month investigation.
The current revival of the Swedish playwright's rarely seen 1893 work "Playing With Fire" isn't going to change.
GMC's midsize crossover, the five-passenger Terrain, has been a hit right out of the box since the current generation was introduced for 2010.
Consumers are more likely to keep their auto loan s current than their mortgages.
Government funding was set to run out on Sept 30, but congressional leaders on Tuesday said they reached a deal to extend it for six months at current levels.
The temporary spending bill is needed to avert a government shutdown when the current budget year expires Sept 30.
Based on the current stock price, investors can expect a yield of about 2.9% going forward.
Axiom 's Chicago facility is the hub of activity for one of its larger current engagements, an outsourcing deal with Kraft Foods.
Iran's supreme leader appears much more involved in current nuclear negotiations, meaning that any deal struck will not face resistance back in Iran.
For the last three years, KUCI's Loud Rock Director Chris Rigney, has hosted Metalmorphosis, currently broadcasting Saturday, midnight to 3 a.m. Barbara DeMarco-Barrett: You've been a heavy metal fan since you were, what, 10 years old.
I'd love to hear from current — and past — brides and grooms about how you navigated this second-tier land.
CURRENT dietary advice often seems to be a moving target.
For years, the city's limited collection of restaurants serving the food of Yemen has been confined to the corner of Court and Atlantic streets in Cobble Hill, where the current count is three.
Dan Steinberg/AP Will Ferrell is currently in New Orleans filming the political comedy 'Dog Fight'.
0Texas Workforce Solutions Cameron Executive Director Pat Hobbs said Tuesday, that the current unemployment rate in Cameron County is 11.1 percent.

In science:

The kids walk is the same as the walk on lattice paths described in Section 4.3, except that the latter has holding; namely, the chosen lattice point x is on the current path with probability α = (p + q − 1)/(pq + p + q − 1), in which case the walk stays at the current path.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
We can, however, consider a simple current extension of this tensor product, namely by the tensor product of simple currents (v(1) , v(2) ).
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
This is, as we shall discuss shortly, precisely the form of the interactions we expect to see from 11D supergravity in light-front coordinates, where T , J , and M play the role of the (integrated) stress tensor, membrane current, and M5-brane current of the two ob jects.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
In IV.A.3 we used the correspondence between one-loop matrix theory interactions and linearized supergravity to construct an integrated stress tensor, membrane current and M5-brane current for a general matrix theory configuration.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
In kinetic equilibrium the 4-current assumes the is the 4-current of particle species i. simple form N µ i ≡ ni uµ , where ni = ni (T , µi ) is the density of particles of species i in the local rest frame.
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
What is the cluster label we should assign to the current site, l1 or l2 ? Fig. (10) illustrates an example where the current site is marked X.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
However, now he evaluates the teacher’s examples, and if the current guess is incorrect (i.e. if the teacher’s example is inconsistent with the current guess), he switches his guess at random.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
In two dimensions, all of these effective field theories can be formulated as left-right current-current perturbations, where the couplings are marginal .
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
We find that the zbw currents come from the convection current and the current related to the intrinsic electric-moment, while the current related to the internal magnetic-moment does not contribute to the zbw current.
New interpretation to zitterbewegung
It can be found from (12)-(14), the zbw current comes from the convection current and the current is related to the internal electric-moment, while the current related to the intrinsic magnetic-moment does not contribute to the zbw current.
New interpretation to zitterbewegung
We analyze the currents running on a directed percolation cluster and confirm the field-theoretic predictions for the scaling behavior of moments of the current distribution.
Multifractal current distribution in random diode networks
Ib and I denote the current passing bond b and the total current, respectively.
Multifractal current distribution in random diode networks
This means that the radiation-induced leakage currents must be prevented by enclosed-gate NMOS devices (no leakage currents between drain and source) and NMOS devices with guard rings (no leakage currents between NMOS devices).
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
The analogue current decreased slightly and the digital currents increased slightly during the proton exposure.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
However, when one uses A+ = 0 light-cone gauge the dominant part of the current for left moving particles is forbidden and one must keep the small transverse current k/2p1− .
Parton Saturation-An Overview