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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.
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