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electric current (plural electric currents)

  1. (physics) a net unidirectional movement of electrons caused by a potential difference
    An electric current runs through this wire.
  2. (physics) the net charge that passes through some cross-section of a conducting material (in one direction), divided by the time elapsed, having the SI unit A (C/s)
    The electric current in this wire is 5 A.
    • year unknown, S. K. Gupta & Anubhuti Gangal, A Compact And Com. Book Of IIT Foudation Science Phy.&Che.) VII, S. Chand Publishing (ISBN 9788121939034), page 32
      (iii) Electric current is the flow of _____. (iv) The SI unit of electric current is _____ .
    • year unknown, V. K Mehta & Rohit Mehta, S. Chand’s Principle Of Physics -XII, S. Chand Publishing (ISBN 9788121917698), page 255
      The electric current is measured by the flow of charge through any cross-section  ...
    • 2010, Keping Yan, Electrostatic Precipitation: 11th International Conference on Electrostatic Precipitation, Hangzhou, 2008, Springer Science & Business Media (ISBN 9783540892519), page 316
      From the following table (Table 2), we can see that, as a whole, the former electric field's electric current is smaller, the rare electric field's electric current is larger.
    • 1996, Robert Alexander Walker Johnstone, Malcolm E. Rose, Mass Spectrometry for Chemists and Biochemists, Cambridge University Press (ISBN 9780521424974), page 55
      This cascading effect continues through the whole series of electrodes and provides gains in electric current of the order of 10⁴-10⁸.