conductor

noun
con·​duc·​tor | \ kən-ˈdək-tər \

Definition of conductor

: one that conducts: such as
a : guide
b : a collector of fares in a public conveyance a railroad conductor
c : the leader of a musical ensemble an orchestra conductor
d(1) : a material or object that permits an electric current to flow easily Copper wire is a good conductor. — compare insulator, semiconductor
(2) : a material capable of transmitting another form of energy (such as heat or sound) Aluminum is a conductor of heat.

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Other Words from conductor

conductorial \ ˌkän-​ˌdək-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl , kən-​ \ adjective

Examples of conductor in a Sentence

Metal is a good conductor of electricity.

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The recording will become part of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, which recently obtained a baton of one of the inmate orchestra’s conductors. Jeff Karoub, The Seattle Times, "Michigan professor unearths inmates’ music from Auschwitz," 27 Nov. 2018 But conductors would lose jobs and need to retrain and possibly join a different labor union. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "HQ2 is a perfect opportunity to massively upgrade the DC area’s commuter rail," 17 Nov. 2018 In ordinary conductors, the imperfect conduction of electrons heats the metal, which increases the resistance of the metal. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "“Random” noise pours cold water on room-temperature superconductivity," 13 Aug. 2018 Simply allow your skin to be in contact with any natural conductors of the earth's electricity, working up to at least 30 minutes at a time (unfortunately, studies do not seem to have addressed how often grounding should occur). Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018 Luckily, conductor Robin Jensen — dressed in a commander’s gold, of course — keeps everyone safe until show’s end. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jokes fly faster than warp factor 9 in 'Star Trek Abduction'," 1 June 2018 The second replacement is of conductor Charles Dutoit, on concerts Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 22-24, at Severance Hall. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra announces two guest artist substitutions," 11 Jan. 2018 Liszt had retired from the concert stage at age 36 and now lived in Weimar as court composer and conductor. David Dubal, WSJ, "Studies in Reckless Virtuosity," 16 Nov. 2018 British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen died Sunday at age 66, and since then, the tributes from those who knew and worked with him have flooded the British media. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "As a conductor, composer and man, Oliver Knussen was larger than life," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of conductor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conductor

see conduct entry 2

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conductor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conductor

: a person who stands in front of people while they sing or play musical instruments and directs their performance
: a person who collects money or tickets from passengers on a train or bus
: a material or object that allows electricity or heat to move through it

conductor

noun
con·​duc·​tor | \ kən-ˈdək-tər \

Kids Definition of conductor

1 : a person in charge of a public means of transportation (as a train)
2 : a person or thing that directs or leads She is the conductor of our school orchestra.
3 : a substance or body capable of transmitting light, electricity, heat, or sound Copper is a good conductor of electricity.

conductor

noun
con·​duc·​tor | \ kən-ˈdək-tər \

Medical Definition of conductor

1a : a material or object that permits an electric current to flow easily
b : a material capable of transmitting another form of energy (as heat or sound)
2 : a bodily part (as a nerve fiber) that transmits excitation

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