[kur-uh nt, kuhr-] /ˈkɜr ənt, ˈkʌr-/
passing in time; belonging to the time actually passing:
the current month.
the current practice.
popular; in vogue:
new; present; most recent:
the current issue of a publication.
publicly reported or known:
a rumor that is current.
passing from one to another; circulating, as a coin.
Archaic. running; flowing.
Obsolete. genuine; authentic.
a flowing; flow, as of a river.
something that flows, as a stream.
a large portion of air, large body of water, etc., moving in a certain direction.
the speed at which such flow moves; velocity of flow.
a course, as of time or events; the main course; the general tendency.
of the immediate present; in progress: current events
most recent; up-to-date
commonly known, practised, or accepted; widespread: a current rumour
circulating and valid at present: current coins
(esp of water or air) a steady usually natural flow
a mass of air, body of water, etc, that has a steady flow in a particular direction
the rate of flow of such a mass
(physics) Also called electric current
a general trend or drift: currents of opinion
c.1300, “running, flowing,” from Old French corant “running, lively, eager, swift,” present participle of corre “to run,” from Latin currere “to run, move quickly” (of persons or things), from PIE *kers- “to run” (cf. Greek -khouros “running,” Lithuanian karsiu “go quickly,” Old Norse horskr “swift,” Old Irish and Middle Welsh carr “cart, wagon,” Breton karr “chariot,” Welsh carrog “torrent”). Meaning “prevalent, generally accepted” is from 1560s.
late 14c., from Middle French corant (Modern French courant), from Old French corant (see current (adj.)). Applied 1747 to the flow of electrical force.
current cur·rent (kûr’ənt, kŭr’-)
Our Living Language : Electric current is the phenomenon most often experienced in the form of electricity. Any time an object with a net electric charge is in motion, such as an electron in a wire or a positively charged ion jetting into the atmosphere from a solar flare, there is an electric current; the total current moving through some cross-sectional area in a given direction is simply the amount of positive charge moving through that cross-section. Current is sometimes confused with electric potential or voltage, but a voltage difference between two points (such as the two terminals of a battery) means only that current can potentially flow between them; how much does in fact flow depends on the resistance of the material between the two points. Electrical signals transmitted through a wire generally propagate at nearly the speed of light, but the current in the wire actually moves very slowly: pushing electrons into one end of the wire is rather like pushing a marble into one end of a tube filled with marbles—a marble (or electron) gets pushed out the other end almost instantly, even though the marbles (or electrons) inside move only incrementally.
[kur-siv] /ˈkɜr sɪv/ adjective 1. (of handwriting) in flowing strokes with the letters joined together. 2. Printing. in flowing strokes resembling handwriting. noun 3. a cursive letter or character. 4. Printing. a style of typeface simulating handwriting. /ˈkɜːsɪv/ adjective 1. of or relating to handwriting in which letters are formed and joined in a rapid […]
[kuh-stoh-dee-uh l] /kʌˈstoʊ di əl/ adjective 1. of or relating to . 2. of, relating to, or appropriate to a : a building superintendent’s custodial duties. 3. responsible for or providing protective supervision and guardianship rather than seeking to improve or cure: Overcrowding forces many mental hospitals to provide only custodial care. noun 4. a […]
[kuhs-tuh-mer-ee] /ˈkʌs təˌmɛr i/ adjective 1. according to or depending on ; usual; habitual. 2. of or established by rather than law. 3. Law. defined by long-continued practices: the customary service due from land in a manor. noun, plural customaries. 4. a book or document containing the legal or customary laws of a locality. 5. […]
[kuhs-tuh-mahyz] /ˈkʌs təˌmaɪz/ verb (used with object), customized, customizing. 1. to modify or build according to individual or personal specifications or preference: to customize an automobile. /ˈkʌstəˌmaɪz/ verb 1. (transitive) to modify (something) according to a customer’s individual requirements v. 1934, “to make (something) to a customer’s specifications,” American English, from custom (adj.) + -ize. […]