conductive

adjective

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The core of the pan is super conductive aluminum, which is clad in layers of high-gloss stainless steel. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 10 Nov. 2022 The utility also worked with a leading balloon manufacturer, Anagram, to develop and test a balloon made of shiny material that is non-conductive. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 This one comes with a 135-inch spring-wire cord and a spare conductive spring and bulb. Jon Langston, Car and Driver, 26 Oct. 2022 The jacket also has a lining made of Graphene, which has long been known as the most durable material on the market, but which researchers recently figured out is also very heat conductive. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 18 Oct. 2022 Power travels across the wet surface, which is conductive; then the dry wood beneath is burned as the electrical energy raises the temperature. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 27 June 2022 The internet is dotted with videos of electrically-conductive balloons coming into contact with power lines. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 These non-conductive types equally have high thermal conductivity. Toby Grey, BGR, 15 Sep. 2022 But these concoctions are less conductive than the pure stuff. Wired, 15 July 2022 See More

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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

Dictionary Entries Near conductive

Cite this Entry

“Conductive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conductive. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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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