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English Dictionary: currency by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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"
    Synonym(s): currentness, currency, up-to- dateness
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
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