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aqueduct

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noun aq·ue·duct \ˈa-kwə-ˌdəkt\

Simple Definition of aqueduct

  • : a structure that looks like a bridge and that is used to carry water over a valley; also : a pipe or channel that is used to bring water to an area

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of aqueduct

  1. 1 a :  a conduit for water; especially :  one for carrying a large quantity of flowing water b :  a structure for conveying a canal over a river or hollow

  2. 2 :  a canal or passage in a part or organ

Examples of aqueduct in a sentence

  1. <marveled at the ancient Roman aqueducts that still carry water to distant villages>



Did You Know?

Based party on the Latin ducere, meaning "lead" or "conduct", the word aqueduct named an ancient civil-engineering marvel. You may have seen photos of the great arches of ancient aqueducts spanning valleys in countries throughout the old Roman Empire, practical pipelines that are also regarded as works of timeless beauty. From the 20th century, the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, the 336-mile Central Arizona Project, and the 444-mile California Aqueduct are considered wonders of American engineering, but they are not renowned for their beauty. Most aqueducts today either are riverlike channels or run underground, perhaps appearing simply as a long mound.

Origin and Etymology of aqueduct

Latin aquaeductus, from aquae (genitive of aqua) + ductus act of leading — more at duct


First Known Use: 1538

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AQUEDUCT Defined for Kids

aqueduct

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noun aq·ue·duct \ˈa-kwə-ˌdəkt\

Definition of aqueduct for Students

  1. :  an artificial channel used to carry water over a valley




Medical Dictionary

aqueduct

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noun aq·ue·duct \ˈak-wə-ˌdəkt\

Medical Definition of aqueduct

  1. :  a canal or passage in a part or organ





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