conduction

noun
con·​duc·​tion | \ kən-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce conduction (audio) \

Definition of conduction

1 : the act of conducting or conveying
2a : 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 To capture the heat, the team built out a stack of water channels, separated by porous hydrophobic membranes and heat conduction layers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Solar Panels Could Make Saltwater Safe for Farming," 11 July 2019 These objects, including a child seat, then heat the surrounding air by conduction and convection, and give off longwave radiation. Los Angeles Times, "California’s April heat wave is a time to be extra cautious about children and pets in parked cars," 23 Apr. 2020 Myelin plasticity is important for brain waves because the proper conduction velocity is necessary to sustain oscillations that couple two regions of the brain at the same frequency. R. Douglas Fields, Scientific American, "The Brain Learns in Unexpected Ways," 12 Mar. 2020 The Norwegian researchers cite a long list of benefits related to increasing muscle temperature, including more rapid metabolic reactions, decreased stiffness of muscles and joints, increased nerve conduction rate, and others. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Your Warm-Up Doesn’t Matter as Much as You Think," 28 Mar. 2020 The density of neurons in the bird pallium compensates for some of the smaller neuron numbers by affording faster conduction speeds. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 Add in factors like conduction, convection, radiation, and any number of environmental factors, and that fire can rapidly spread out of control. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists model dynamic feedback loop that fuels the spread of wildfires," 28 Dec. 2019 The Lego blocks looked like good candidates: the contact area between two blocks clamped together is very small, which prompts poor thermal conduction, yet the resulting structure is very robust. Allen Kim, CNN, "This is the world's coolest Lego set ... literally," 26 Dec. 2019 Unlike a convection or conduction oven, Brava’s lights can be easily focused and adjusted. Popular Science, "I tried a bajillion new products this year. Here are 17 you should actually buy.," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of conduction

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of conduction was in 1534

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“Conduction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conduction. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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conduction

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English Language Learners Definition of conduction

technical : the movement of heat or electricity through something (such as metal or water)

conduction

noun
con·​duc·​tion | \ kən-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce conduction (audio) \

Kids Definition of conduction

1 : the act of transporting something Pipes are for the conduction of water.
2 : transmission through a conductor conduction of heat

conduction

noun
con·​duc·​tion | \ kən-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce conduction (audio) \

Medical Definition of conduction

1a : 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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