con·​duc·​tor | \ kən-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce conductor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce conductorial (audio) , kən-​ \ adjective

Examples of conductor in a Sentence

Metal is a good conductor of electricity.

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The concertmaster, a title designated for the first-chair first violin) is considered to be the second most important leader of an orchestra, just behind the artistic director or principal conductor. Sarah Brookbank,, "Timothy Lees steps down as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concertmaster," 13 July 2018 Train conductors and those employed by FIFA are being taught how to smile, the BBC reported. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Russian workers trained to smile, appear friendlier ahead of World Cup," 12 June 2018 Debated, derided, defended, championed, this symphony asks everything of both its conductor and its players. Marcus Overton,, "San Diego Symphony blazes through Shostakovich as Jahja Ling debuts as Conductor Laureate," 21 Apr. 2018 Eriksen, however, has the capability of dictating the play further back down the field and Ernesto Valverde's team appear to be chasing the Tottenham midfielder once more to eventually replace Iniesta as their conductor in chief., "Barcelona 'Approach' Christian Eriksen Agent as Catalan Giants Eye Andres Iniesta Replacement," 15 Feb. 2018 More: 4 people injured when trains collide, derail in Georgetown, Kentucky Robert Cetrulo, an Edgewood lawyer, is representing Tobergte and Hall, who were the train's engineer and conductor respectively. Sarah Brookbank,, "Lawsuit: 2 NKY men were 'negligent' in Georgetown train collision, didn't stop in time," 9 Apr. 2018 The Milwaukee Symphony revealed the depth of its bench Saturday evening, with a colorful, engrossing program led by conductor Ken-David Masur, featuring orchestra members as soloists and putting the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus in the spotlight. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Strong Milwaukee Symphony concert shows off depth of its ranks," 20 May 2018 The facility has more than 360 miles of copper cable conductors to act as a giant antenna. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian State TV Lists U.S. Targets for Putin’s New Nukes--But One Target Doesn't Make Sense," 26 Feb. 2019 The older members hesitate at first, but the passion of the conductor — whose temper earned him the nickname Angry Bird — pulls them in. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Monday: ‘Salvation’ and ‘Ballet 422’," 25 June 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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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


con·​duc·​tor | \ kən-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce conductor (audio) \

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.


con·​duc·​tor | \ kən-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce conductor (audio) \

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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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