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conduit

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noun con·duit \ˈkän-ˌdü-ət, -ˌdyü- also -dwət, -dət\

Simple Definition of conduit

  • : a pipe or tube through which something (such as water or wire) passes

  • : someone or something that is used as a way of sending something (such as information or money) from one place or person to another

Full Definition of conduit

  1. 1 :  a natural or artificial channel through which something (as a fluid) is conveyed

  2. 2 archaic :  fountain

  3. 3 :  a pipe, tube, or tile for protecting electric wires or cables

  4. 4 :  a means of transmitting or distributing <a conduit for illicit payments> <a conduit of information>

Examples of conduit

  1. <the major conduit for carrying water to the military base>

  2. <water flowed along the conduit to the fountain>



Origin of conduit

Middle English, from Anglo-French cunduit pipe, passage, conduct, in part from cunduit, past participle of cunduire to lead, from Latin conducere, in part from Medieval Latin conductus — more at conduct


First Known Use: 14th century

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