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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cur·ren·cy n.; pl. Currencies
 1. A continued or uninterrupted course or flow like that of a stream; as, the currency of time. [Obs.]
 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.