From Middle English curraunt, borrowed from Old French curant (French courant), present participle of courre (“to run”), from Latin currere, present active infinitive of currō (“I run”) (present participle currens). Doublet of horse.
current (countable and uncountable, plural currents)
- the part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction, especially (oceanography) short for ocean current.
- (electricity) the time rate of flow of electric charge.
- Synonym: electric current
- a tendency or a course of events
current (comparative currenter or more current, superlative currentest or most current)
- existing or occurring at the moment
- generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment
- (obsolete) running or moving rapidly