Current

Cur"rent

, n. [Cf. F. courant. See Current, a. ]
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1. 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.
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Two such silver currents, when they join,
Do glorify the banks that bound them in.
Shak.
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The surface of the ocean is furrowed by currents, whose direction . . . the navigator should know.
Nichol.
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2. General course; ordinary procedure; progressive and connected movement; as, the current of time, of events, of opinion, etc.
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Current meter, an instrument for measuring the velocity, force, etc., of currents. -- Current mill, a mill driven by a current wheel. -- Current wheel, a wheel dipping into the water and driven by the current of a stream or by the ebb and flow of the tide.

Syn. -- Stream; course. See Stream.
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