noun \ˈa-kwə-ˌdəkt\

: 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

Full Definition of AQUEDUCT

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
:  a canal or passage in a part or organ

Examples of AQUEDUCT

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

Origin of AQUEDUCT

Latin aquaeductus, from aquae (genitive of aqua) + ductus act of leading — more at duct
First Known Use: 1538

Other Civil Engineering Terms

asphalt, ballast, barrage, cantilever, infrastructure, sluice


noun \ˈak-wə-ˌdəkt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AQUEDUCT

: a canal or passage in a part or organ


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Conduit built to carry water from its source to a main distribution point. Ancient Rome's aqueduct system, an extraordinary feat of engineering, brought water to the city from as far as 57 mi (92 km) away. Only a portion of the Roman aqueducts utilized the familiar stone arch; most were underground conduits made of stone or terra-cotta pipe. Modern aqueduct systems employ cast iron or steel. See also water-supply system.


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