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

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Liquid metal has been kicking around on the PC for more than a decade, but the compound’s conductivity (which can be bad in a computer) has scared some off. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands on with HP's Omen X 2S 15: The world's first dual-screen gaming laptop," 14 May 2019 But, like other semiconductors, the conductivity can be changed by adding impurities that contain additional electrons. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Salt-infused graphene creates an infrared cloaking device," 3 Aug. 2018 This move will be popular among overclockers, as the better thermal conductivity of solder generally enables reduced temperatures and higher overclocking potential. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel goes up to 8 cores for mainstream chips, with a 28 core overclockable Xeon," 8 Oct. 2018 Keep track of the pH and electrical conductivity (EC) of the water daily. Daniel Kluko, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow Hydroponic Plants at Home," 13 Feb. 2017 There was nothing obvious about the electrical properties, although that does not mean there are no papers on the conductivity of silver nanoparticles in gold. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "“Random” noise pours cold water on room-temperature superconductivity," 13 Aug. 2018 The study also measured the quality of those frozen and fresh fish, based on the conductivity of cell structure, and found that the overall score of the frozen fish was at least three times higher than the fresh fish. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "What you should know about buying frozen fish," 3 July 2018 The diaper could use these elements to measure the conductivity and impedance between various areas of the diaper that are in the potential blast zone. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Alphabet’s Verily has a “smart diaper“ design that distinguishes pee from poo," 17 May 2018 While inside at individual stations, volunteers could do tests various elements including pH levels, water conductivity, turbidity (cloudiness), plankton levels, alkalinity, and dissolved oxygen levels. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Boat tour helps kids 'frame their brains' around scientific research," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of conductivity

1837, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of conductivity

technical : the ability to move heat or electricity from one place to another : the power to conduct heat or electricity


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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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