con·duc·tive | \kən-ˈdək-tiv \

Definition of conductive 

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

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Under the technicians’ feet, an electrically conductive grounding mat defined the workspace. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s All-Electric Effort to Climb Out of Its P.R. Hole," 4 July 2018 To create the high-tech surface, Zhang and his colleagues applied painter’s tape in a lattice pattern to a 12-by-eight-foot wall, then coated it with commercially available conductive nickel paint. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "How to Convert Your Wall into a Giant Touch Screen," 1 June 2018 The researchers used special conductive paint containing nickel, applied in grid, to create electrodes on the wall. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Conductive Paint Turns Walls Into Giant Touchscreens," 30 Apr. 2018 One of his thoughts is to make conductive threads that could form part of electrical circuits woven into clothing. The Economist, "Making medical clothing that kills bugs," 28 June 2018 The devices have cartridges that deploy two small probes attached to insulated conductive wires, according to a City Council memo. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "All Elgin police officers to be armed with Tasers if council approves purchase," 27 June 2018 This charge eventually finds a path to the ground: a narrow channel of conductive air extending downward from the cloud that meets other delicate electrical tendrils snaking up from the ground. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "A Crash Course in Summer Thunderstorms," 27 June 2018 There are areas where conductive tape must be applied to bridge metal. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "B-52 Bombers Could Quadruple Their Wing Bomb Loads," 25 June 2018 Researchers recently converted a wall into an outsize trackpad and motion sensor by using low-cost conductive paint to create a large grid of electrodes. Prachi Patel, Scientific American, "How to Convert Your Wall into a Giant Touch Screen," 1 June 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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con·duc·tive | \-ˈdək-tiv \

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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