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Current
Current
Current is defined as the amount of charge that flows past a give point, per unit of time. The symbol I is used for current in equations and A is the abbreviation for ampere.

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source: Electrical Engineering Glossary

A general term used for electrical flow.
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source: FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician Airframe Handbook (FAA-H-8083-31)

The flow of electrical charge.
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source: FAA Aviation Maintenance Technician General Handbook (FAA-H-8083-30)

The horizontal movement of a body of water.
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source: FAA Seaplane Handbook (FAA-H-8083-23)

A horizontal movement of water. Currents may be classified as tidal and nontidal. Tidal currents are caused by gravitational interactions between the sun, moon, and earth and are a part of the same general movement of the sea that is manifested in the vertical rise and fall, called TIDE. Tidal currents are periodic with a net velocity of zero over the tidal cycle. Nontidal currents include the permanent currents in the general circulatory systems of the sea as well as temporary currents arising from more pronounced meteorological variability. The SET of a current is the direction toward which it flows; the DRIFT is its speed.
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source: NOAA National Weather Service Glossary

  1. The part of a fluid that moves continuously in a certain direction.
  2. (electricity) The time rate of flow of electric charge.
  3. A tendency or a course of events.
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source: Wikitionary / Wikipedia and Related Sources (Edited)


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