conduction

noun

con·​duc·​tion kən-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce conduction (audio)
1
: the act of conducting or conveying
2
a
: transmission through or by means of a conductor
also : the transfer of heat through matter by communication of kinetic energy from particle to particle with no net displacement of the particles compare convection, radiation
3
: the transmission of excitation through living tissue and especially nervous tissue

Examples of conduction in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Induction cooking uses direct electrical induction heating, rather than relying on indirect radiation, convection, or thermal conduction. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 The cast aluminum construction means superior heat conduction and the two-wheeled design coupled with a light 60-pound body make this grill easy to maneuver. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 1 Apr. 2024 But microwaves penetrate only 1 to 2 centimeters into food, so only the outer layers of thicker pieces get directly cooked by microwaves; the interiors are cooked through the conduction of heat from the outside. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Dec. 2022 The other two are heat conduction and heat convection. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023 Both conduction and convection require a medium through which to move heat. Sid Assawaworrarit, IEEE Spectrum, 25 Nov. 2023 There are three ways to transfer heat from a warm body to its surroundings: convection, conduction, and radiation. Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2023 This pan was designed with a ceramic nonstick interior and a durable hard-anodized exterior with an aluminum base that ensures even heat distribution and conduction. Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 The generous pans, which also have an aluminum core for better conduction, come with a sturdy roasting rack for up to 20 pounds of turkey. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Medieval Latin conductiōn-, conductiō "gathering, muster, leadership, command, hire," going back to Latin, "taking of a lease, bringing together the premises of an argument," from condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, accept a contract for" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at conduce

First Known Use

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of conduction was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Conduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conduction. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

conduction

noun
con·​duc·​tion kən-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce conduction (audio)
1
: the act of conducting or conveying
2
a
: passage through a conductor
3
: the passage of a reaction to a stimulus through living and especially nerve tissue

Medical Definition

conduction

noun
con·​duc·​tion kən-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce conduction (audio)
1
a
: transmission through or by means of a conductor
also : the transfer of heat through matter by communication of kinetic energy from particle to particle with no net displacement of the particles
2
: the transmission of excitation through living tissue and especially nervous tissue
conduction of impulses to the brain

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