noun \ˈdəkt\

: a pipe or tube for air, water, electric power lines, etc., to pass through

: a tube in the body that carries a particular liquid

Full Definition of DUCT

:  a bodily tube or vessel especially when carrying the secretion of a gland
a :  a pipe, tube, or channel that conveys a substance
b :  a pipe or tubular runway for carrying an electric power line, telephone cables, or other conductors
:  a tube or elongated cavity (as a xylem vessel) in plant tissue
:  a layer (as in the atmosphere or the ocean) which occurs under usually abnormal conditions and in which radio or sound waves are confined to a restricted path
duc·tal \ˈdək-təl\ adjective
duct·less \ˈdək(t)-ləs\ adjective

Examples of DUCT

  1. <air ducts to provide ventilation>

Origin of DUCT

New Latin ductus, from Medieval Latin, aqueduct, from Latin, act of leading, from ducere to lead — more at tow
First Known Use: 1667



Definition of DUCT

transitive verb
:  to enclose in a duct
:  to convey (as a gas) through a duct; also :  to propagate (as radio waves) through a duct

First Known Use of DUCT

DUCT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdəkt\

Definition of DUCT for Kids

:  a pipe, tube, or vessel that carries something <air-conditioning ducts> <tear ducts>

Word Root of DUCT

The Latin word ducere, meaning to lead, and its form ductus give us the roots duc and duct. Words from the Latin ducere have something to do with leading. A duct is a tube that leads from one place or organ to another. To educate, or teach, is to lead to knowledge. To induce is to lead into a particular state.
Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈdəkt\

Medical Definition of DUCT

:  a bodily tube or vessel especially when carrying the secretion of a gland
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