con·​duc·​tive | \ kən-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce conductive (audio) \

Definition of conductive

: having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)

Examples of conductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other electric-car makers are going with on-board conductive recharging systems, so there's a VHS-versus-Beta situation brewing. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 General Motors EV1 Proves to Be the Start of Something Big," 24 June 2020 Running electricity through the conductive graphene would then kill the microbes. Vince Beiser, Wired, "5 Weird Concepts to (Theoretically) Supercharge Mask Fabrics," 23 June 2020 The most common type of hearing loss in young children is a conductive loss, which concerns how loud sound must be for a child to hear it. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Melinda Webb School enrolling students without hearing loss," 10 June 2020 They're each attached to the modules with a new thermally conductive heating adhesive gel. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Audi Fine-Tunes e-tron Battery System, Aiming for Faster Charging," 5 June 2020 What’s more, the lander has picked up on a very peculiar electrically conductive layer, about 2.5 miles thick, deep beneath the planet’s surface. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars," 20 Sep. 2019 Connect the conductive thread to the Circuit Playground. Andy Clark, Popular Science, "DDR DIY: How to build your own dance game with a Raspberry Pi," 9 Jan. 2020 This organism, Geobacter sulfurreducens, spins micro-fine nanowires that form a conductive mesh when combined with water. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Engineers Literally Make Electricity Out of Thin Air," 18 Feb. 2020 In the example shown in the video above, the researchers use carbon black—a material created through the incomplete combustion of petroleum and used as a black pigment in newspaper ink or as a conductive agent in electronics. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Turn Garbage Into Graphene," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of conductive

1840, in the meaning defined above

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2 Jul 2020

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“Conductive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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con·​duc·​tive | \ -ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce conductive (audio) \

Medical Definition of conductive

1 : having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)
2 : caused by failure in the mechanisms for sound transmission in the external or middle ear conductive hearing loss

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