Belonging to the present time: current events; current leaders. Being in progress now: current negotiations. Passing from one to another; circulating: current bills and coins. Prevalent, especially at the present time: current fashions. See Synonyms at prevailing. Running; flowing. A steady, smooth onward movement: a current of air from a fan; a current of spoken words. See Synonyms at flow. The part of a body of liquid or gas that has a continuous onward movement: rowed out into the river's swift current. A general tendency, movement, or course. See Synonyms at tendency. Electricity A flow of electric charge. Electricity The amount of electric charge flowing past a specified circuit point per unit time.