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# electric current

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## CIDE DICTIONARY

electric current,
the movement of electrically charged particles, atoms, or ions, through solids, liquids, gases, or free space; the term is usually used of relatively smooth movements of electric charge through conductors, whether constant or variable. Sudden movements of charge are usually referred to by other terms, such as spark or lightning or discharge. In metallic conductors the electric current is usually due to movement of electrons through the metal. The current is measured as the rate of movement of charge per unit time, and is counted in units of amperes. As a formal definition, the direction of movement of electric current is considered as the same as the direction of movement of positive charge, or in a direction opposite to the movement of negative charge. Electric current may move constantly in a single direction, called direct current (abbreviated DC), or may move alternately in one direction and then the opposite direction, called alternating current (abbreviated AC).  [PJC]

## THESAURUS

### electric current

AC, DC, absorption current, active current, alternating current, base current, cathode current, collector current, conduction current, convection current, cycle, delta current, dielectric displacement current, direct current, displacement current, eddy current, electric stream, electron cloud, electron flow, electron gas, electron stream, emission current, exciting current, free alternating current, galvanic current, high-frequency current, idle current, induced current, induction current, ionization current, juice, low-frequency current, magnetizing current, multiphase current, output current, plate current, pulsating direct current, reactive current, rotary current, single-phase alternating current, space charge, stray current, thermionic current, thermoelectric current, three-phase alternating current, voltaic current, watt current
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