# What is the difference between electric current and electric discharge?

We know that when we have 2 oppositely charged objects (As in static electricity for example), when one of these materials will come in touch with a neutral conductor, there will be a discharge - which means - the transfer of electrons from one material to another in order to reach equilibrium. My question is: is discharge different from electric current? Are they the same thing?

In a close circuit, the battery supply energy (by electric potental difference) for electrons to move in the circuit. Electrons move slowly and lose their energy in order to feed electrical devices in the circuit. In such cases, the electric current is defined as $$I=Q/t$$. So, it's a stream of electrons moving through a conductor.l but the speed of charged particles is often very low. I think electric current is usually a human-controlled process by definition.