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Currency definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CURRENCY, n. [See Current.]
1. Literally, flowing, running or passing; a continued or uninterrupted course, like that of a stream; as the currency of time.
2. A continued course in public opinion, belief or reception; a passing from person to person, or from age to age; a, a report has had a long or general currency.
3. A continual passing from hand to hand, as coin or bills of credit; circulation; as the currency of cents, or of English crowns; the currency of bank bills or treasury notes.
4. Fluency; readiness of utterance; but in this sense we generally use fluency.
5. General estimation; the rate at which any thing is generally valued.
He takes greatness of kingdoms according to their bulk and currency, and not after intrinsic value.
6. That which is current or in circulation, as a medium of trade. The word may be applied to coins, or to bills issued by authority. It is often applied to bank notes, and to notes issued by government.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used
2: general acceptance or use; "the currency of ideas"
3: the property of belonging to the present time; "the currency of a slang term" [syn: currentness, currency, up-to- dateness]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -cies) Date: 1624 1. a. circulation as a medium of exchange b. general use, acceptance, or prevalence <a story gaining currency> c. the quality or state of being current ; currentness 2. a. something (as coins, treasury notes, and banknotes) that is in circulation as a medium of exchange b. paper money in circulation c. a common article for bartering d. a medium of verbal or intellectual expression

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) 1 a the money in general use in a country. b any other commodity used as a medium of exchange. 2 the condition of being current; prevalence (e.g. of words or ideas). 3 the time during which something is current.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Currency Cur"ren*cy (k?r"r?n-c?), n.; pl. Currencies (-s?z). [Cf. LL. currentia a current, fr. L. currens, p. pr. of currere to run. See Current.] 1. A continued or uninterrupted course or flow like that of a stream; as, the currency of time. [Obs.] --Ayliffe. 2. The state or quality of being current; general acceptance or reception; a passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulation; as, a report has had a long or general currency; the currency of bank notes. 3. That which is in circulation, or is given and taken as having or representing value; as, the currency of a country; a specie currency; esp., government or bank notes circulating as a substitute for metallic money. 4. Fluency; readiness of utterance. [Obs.] 5. Current value; general estimation; the rate at which anything is generally valued. He . . . takes greatness of kingdoms according to their bulk and currency, and not after intrinsic value. --Bacon. The bare name of Englishman . . . too often gave a transient currency to the worthless and ungrateful. --W. Irving.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(currencies) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. The money used in a particular country is referred to as its currency. Tourism is the country's top earner of foreign currency... More people favour a single European currency than oppose it. N-VAR 2. If a custom, idea, or word has currency, it is used and accepted by a lot of people at a particular time. (FORMAL) 'Loop' is one of those computer words that has gained currency in society. = acceptance 3. see also common currency

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Publicity, general reception. 2. Circulation, transmission from hand to hand. 3. Money; aggregate of coin, bills and notes; circulating medium.

Moby Thesaurus

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