conductivity

noun
con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce conductivity (audio) , kən- \
plural conductivities

Definition of conductivity

: the quality or power of conducting or transmitting: such as
a : the reciprocal of electrical resistivity
b : the quality of living matter responsible for the transmission of and progressive reaction to stimuli

Examples of conductivity in a Sentence

measuring the conductivity of different metals
Recent Examples on the Web There are two issues: conductivity, and instability where the materials join. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 18 Mar. 2022 The edge of the graphene could now act as a gate to control the conductivity of the semiconductor. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022 This changes the electrical properties of the atom and, in doing so, changes the conductivity of the material in general. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 4 Feb. 2022 China dominates the market of this group of metals, which contain unique properties, including high heat resistance, strong magnetism and high electrical conductivity. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2022 Place a chunk of ice in the press, drop down the lid, and the all-copper unit will melt and mold the ice within 30 seconds thanks to both extreme conductivity and gravity running its course. Kate Dingwall, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Workers layer chemicals on silicon disks, etch them, implant ions to change the conductivity, or flow of electricity, in the silicon, and polish, heat and test the products, known as wafers. Eric Killelea, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Jan. 2022 The conductivity and weight of the wire are in perfect balance. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 Each chip was then etched with acid and cooked in a furnace at about 1,000 degrees Celsius to bake in phosphorus atoms to adjust its conductivity. Tom Simonite, Wired, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of conductivity

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conductivity

conductive + -ity

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17 May 2022

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“Conductivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conductivity. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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conductivity

noun
con·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌkän-ˌdək-ˈtiv-ət-ē, kən- How to pronounce conductivity (audio) \
plural conductivities

Medical Definition of conductivity

: the quality or power of conducting or transmitting: as
a : the reciprocal of electrical resistivity
b : the quality of living matter responsible for the transmission of and progressive reaction to stimuli

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