# current

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## current

1. a mass of air, body of water, etc., that has a steady flow in a particular direction
2. the rate of flow of such a mass
3. Physics
a. a flow of electric charge through a conductor
b. the rate of flow of this charge. It is measured in amperes

## Current

(i), a scalar quantity characterizing the time rate of flow of electric charge. It is equal to the ratio of the charge Δq transported through the cross section of a conductor in the time Δt to the time: i = Δqt. The unit of current is the ampere. Current is measured by means of ammeters.

## current

[′kər·ənt]
(electricity)
The net transfer of electric charge per unit time; a specialization of the physics definition. Also known as electric current.
(physics)
The rate of flow of any conserved, indestructible quantity across a surface per unit time.

## current

The flow of electricity in a circuit; the unit of measurement is the ampere.

## current

i. A pilot qualified on a type of aircraft and presently cleared to fly without any additional checks.
ii. A civil aircraft that is on active register and in routine operation.

## current

(electronics)
The quantity of charge per unit time, measured in Amperes (Amps, A). By historical convention, the sign of current is positive for currents flowing from positive to negative potential, but experience indicates that electrons are negatively charged and flow in the opposite direction.

## current

(1) The flow of electrons through a circuit. Measured in "amperes." See amp and voltage.

(3) (Current) An earlier Windows PIM from IBM that included a calendar, address book, phone dialer, outliner, word processor and Gantt charts for project tracking. It was revised by its developer, Jensen-Jones Inc., Red Bank, NJ, into a new package called Commence.
References in classic literature ?
Does not this stream at our feet run toward the summer, until its waters grow salt, and the current flows upward?
In another moment he would have been swept beyond her reach, but with a supreme effort he turned on one side; the current, striking him sideways, threw him towards the bank, and she caught him by his sleeve.
Pearl resembled the brook, inasmuch as the current of her life gushed from a well-spring as mysterious, and had flowed through scenes shadowed as heavily with gloom.
And then his wife might set out to look for him, and she too would feel the cold; and perhaps she would have some of the children with her--and so a whole family would drift into drinking, as the current of a river drifts downstream.
Right on behind they came; and, nerved with strength such as God gives only to the desperate, with one wild cry and flying leap, she vaulted sheer over the turbid current by the shore, on to the raft of ice beyond.
Show me the tribute-money," said he--and one took a penny out of his pocket--if you use money which has the image of Caesar on it, and which he has made current and valuable, that is, if you are men of the State, and gladly enjoy the advantages of Caesar's government, then pay him back some of his own when he demands it.
That sort of evidence was as good as gold, and passed current everywhere.
The river is not always allowed to spread over its whole bed--which is as much as thirty, and sometimes forty yards wide--but is split into three equal bodies of water, by stone dikes which throw the main volume, depth, and current into the central one.
He dropped below me with the current, and by and by he came a-swinging up shore in the easy water, and he went by so close I could a reached out the gun and touched him.
She passed many a snag whose "break" could have told her a thing to break her heart, for it showed a current moving in the same direction that the boat was going; but her thoughts were elsewhere, and she did not notice.
In the second place, the ebb was now making--a strong rippling current running westward through the basin, and then south'ard and seaward down the straits by which we had entered in the morning.
I shall confine myself to a cursory review of the remaining powers comprehended under this third description, to wit: to regulate commerce among the several States and the Indian tribes; to coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin; to provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the current coin and secureties of the United States; to fix the standard of weights and measures; to establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws of bankruptcy, to prescribe the manner in which the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of each State shall be proved, and the effect they shall have in other States; and to establish post offices and post roads.

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