conductive

adjective

con·​duc·​tive kən-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce conductive (audio)
: having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)

Examples of conductive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The annealing step expands the copper across the gap to form a conductive bridge. IEEE Spectrum, 4 June 2024 So with electric resistance heating an electric current passes through conductive materials and releases heat. Stephen Cass, IEEE Spectrum, 3 Apr. 2024 Only once the pack has been dismantled, recyclers can safely extract the conductive lithium, nickel, copper, and cobalt. Sabrina Weiss, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 For example, the thin dielectric layer that separates the conductive membrane and the substrate must withstand about 100 volts at a thickness of 1 μm. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for conductive 

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Word History

Etymology

earlier, "having the property of conducting or the ability to conduct or lead," from conduct entry 1 + -ive

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conductive was in 1840

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Cite this Entry

“Conductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conductive. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

conductive

adjective
con·​duc·​tive kən-ˈdək-tiv How to pronounce conductive (audio)
: having conductivity : relating to conduction (as of electricity)

Medical Definition

conductive

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