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

Definition of conductive

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

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China controls more than 90% of the global production of rare earths, 17 minerals with magnetic and conductive properties that power most electronic devices. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "China has 'few good options' to hit back against new US tariffs," 2 Aug. 2019 The flexible threads are actually thin sandwiches of a cellophane-like material that insulates conductive wires that link a series of minute electrodes, or sensors, much like a strand of pearls. John Markoff, New York Times, "Elon Musk’s Company Takes Baby Steps to Wiring Brains to the Internet," 16 July 2019 Graphene is also conductive and quite impermeable to liquids, making it an ideal material for this kind of application. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "A Soft Skin 'E-Tattoo' Might Just Save Your Life," 26 June 2019 Utah arrays, collections of 100 conductive silicon needles, are now employed experimentally to record brain waves. The Economist, "Elon Musk wants to link brains directly to machines," 18 July 2019 Topological insulators are strange materials with insulated interiors but conductive surfaces. Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, "Quirky Quantum Tunneling Observed," 9 July 2019 Now, researchers have snapped x-ray images of what might be the newest entrant to ice’s diversity: a highly electrically conductive material known as superionic ice. National Geographic, "Bizarre form of hot ice seen on Earth," 8 May 2019 In the 19th century, the English scientist Michael Faraday showed that when an electrical charge hits a container completely covered in a conductive material, no charge can be detected inside the container. Corinne Purtill, Quartz, "Jack Dorsey’s newest “wellness” gadget is bogus," 19 June 2019 Rare earths refer to 17 minerals with magnetic and conductive properties that help power most electronic devices. Charles Riley, CNN, "BMW and Jaguar Land Rover won't need China's rare earths for their new electric engines," 5 June 2019

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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