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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Air conduction hearing aids are worn inside the ear or on the ear, with an inside-the-ear component and amplified sound into the ear canal. Emma Egan, ABC News, 17 Oct. 2022 In addition to monitoring the stages of sleep, the device delivered sound in a way that would not wake the sleeper — via bone conduction. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 27 Oct. 2022 That said, a product with high thermal conductivity is generally the better compound for heat sink application or heat conduction. Toby Grey, BGR, 15 Sep. 2022 The rule applies to air-conduction hearing aids, worn behind or inside the ear. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 The new rule only applies to certain air-conduction hearing aids—hearing aids for children or severe hearing impairment will still require a prescription, according to NPR’s Rachel Treisman. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2022 Air conduction hearing aids are worn inside the ear or on the ear, with an inside the ear component and amplified sound into the ear canal. Emma Egan, ABC News, 16 Aug. 2022 Air-conduction hearing aids, which are typically the first choice for people with hearing loss, use air as the medium to transfer sound into the ear canal. Dominique Mosbergen, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2022 The rule applies to certain air-conduction hearing aids, the FDA said in the news release. Carma Hassan, CNN, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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