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Definition of current noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the movement of water in the ocean or a river; the movement of air in a particular direction He swam to the shore against a strong current. Birds use warm air currents to help their flight.
  2. 2the flow of electricity through a wire, etc. a 15 amp electrical current see also AC, DC
  3. 3the fact of particular ideas, opinions, or feelings being present in a group of people Ministers are worried by this current of antigovernment feeling.
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