current (adj.)

c. 1300, curraunt, "running, flowing, moving along" (a sense now archaic), 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 root *kers- "to run." Related: Currentness.

Sense of "presently in effect" is from mid-15c. Meaning "prevalent, generally reported or known" is from 1560s; that of "established by common consent" is from 1590s; that of "now passing, present now, in progress" is from c. 1600. Of money, "passing from one person to another," late 15c. Current events is attested from 1795; current affairs by 1776.

current (n.)

late 14c., curraunt, "that which runs or flows," from Old French corant (Modern French courant), from Old French corant (see current (adj.)). Meaning "a flowing," especially "portion of a large body of water or air moving in a certain direction," is from 1550s. Applied from 1747 to the flowing of electrical force through a conducting body (electricity formerly was regarded as a sort of fluid).

Definitions of current
current (n.)
a flow of electricity through a conductor;
the current was measured in amperes
Synonyms: electric current
current (n.)
a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes);
the raft floated downstream on the current
Synonyms: stream
current (n.)
dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas;
the current of history
Synonyms: stream / flow
current (adj.)
occurring in or belonging to the present time;
the current topic
current events
current psychoanalytic theories
the ship's current position
current negotiations