aqueduct

noun

aq·​ue·​duct ˈa-kwə-ˌdəkt How to pronounce aqueduct (audio)
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
: a canal or passage in a part or organ

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Based partly on the Latin ducere, meaning "lead" or "conduct," the word aqueduct named an ancient civil-engineering marvel. Ancient Rome's aqueduct system, an extraordinary feat of engineering, brought water to the city from as far as 57 miles (92 kilometers) 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 now often use reinforced concrete for large water mains, and ductile iron, a stronger and more elastic type of cast iron, for smaller underground pipes.

Examples of aqueduct in a Sentence

marveled at the ancient Roman aqueducts that still carry water to distant villages
Recent Examples on the Web But the Marcia, like all classical aqueducts, ran largely underground. David Laskin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 June 2024 From picnicking in the shadow of ancient aqueducts to sipping cocktails at the hottest new rooftop bar, these are the best things to do in Rome. Laura Itzkowitz, Travel + Leisure, 28 May 2024 The cost analysis is the state’s latest step toward building the 45-mile tunnel, which would create a second route to draw water from the Sacramento River into the aqueducts of the State Water Project. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 Land would also continue to sink, endangering canals, major aqueducts and flood control levees. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 15 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for aqueduct 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of aqueduct was in 1538

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“Aqueduct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aqueduct. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

aqueduct

noun
aq·​ue·​duct ˈak-wə-ˌdəkt How to pronounce aqueduct (audio)
1
: an artificial channel for water
especially : one for carrying a large quantity of flowing water
2
: a structure that carries the water of a canal across a river or hollow
Etymology

from Latin aquaeductus "aqueduct," from aquae, form of aqua "water," and ductus "act of conducting or leading" — related to duct

Medical Definition

aqueduct

noun
aq·​ue·​duct ˈak-wə-ˌdəkt How to pronounce aqueduct (audio)
: a canal or passage in a part or organ

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