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 To determine a formula for the conductivity of cuprates, Horowitz and Santos had to study how light would interact with the complicated horizon of their black hole. Quanta Magazine, "Signs of a Stranger, Deeper Side to Nature’s Building Blocks," 1 July 2013 Its electrical conductivity turned out to be just shy of that of stainless steel. W. Wayt Gibbs, Science | AAAS, "The next graphene? Shiny and magnetic, a new form of pure carbon dazzles with potential," 12 Nov. 2019 When ions entered these spaces—a phenomenon called intercalation—some of the properties of the solid material, such as its conductivity, would be changed. The Economist, "Batteries, exoplanets, cosmology and cell biology win Nobel laurels," 12 Oct. 2019 The device sat on a leaf, like a miniature stethoscope, and monitored the fluctuations of electrical conductivity on the leaf surface. Wired, "Let Your Plants Play Music, and Gardens of Sound Will Bloom," 25 Sep. 2019 The system in place at Fairholm measures conductivity of the milk, pounds per minute flow rate, and volume per quarter. Denise Coffey,, "Robots Do The Milking At Fairholm Farm," 23 Sep. 2019 From those interactions emerge the various classical properties of the metal, such as color, strength or conductivity. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "How Quantum Pairs Stitch Space-Time," 28 Apr. 2015 The water qualities were different in the three species' unique habitats, with some having water with higher conductivity, which may have caused the differing levels of electric shocks each can produce, the scientists say. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A newly identified electric eel species has the strongest shock of any living creature, study says," 24 Sep. 2018 Nanotubing has been touted as a wonder material since its discovery, thanks to high thermal and electrical conductivity combined with great mechanical strength. Sophie.erickson, The Verge, "How carbon nanotubes built this bizarre ultrablack material," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of conductivity

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Conductivity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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