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 conductor (audio) , kən-​ \ adjective

Examples of conductor in a Sentence

Metal is a good conductor of electricity.
Recent Examples on the Web Three years later, the National Symphony Orchestra selected her as its concertmaster, a role that calls on Bar-Josef to be the musical liaison between the conductor and the orchestra’s members. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National Symphony Orchestra violinist Nurit Bar-Josef shifting gears for Mainly Mozart drive-in concert debut," 11 Apr. 2021 Oregon’s offensive conductor will be at the helm again tonight at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. oregonlive, "Oregon’s unheralded maestro: Will Richardson crafting masterpiece performances in March," 28 Mar. 2021 Its debut roster includes newcomers Eydís Evensen, an Icelandic pianist and composer, as well as Franco-American composer, conductor, producer and arranger Uèle Lamore. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Holiday Teams With Azoff, UMG Names Lead for Social Justice Task Force," 5 Feb. 2021 Her father was a composer and a conductor, her mother a visual artist. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "Susan Hendl, Ballet Master and Dancer, Dies at 73," 26 Oct. 2020 In the letter posted Friday, the APM and MPR executives said 24% of the music played on Classical 24 features a composer, conductor or soloist who is a woman and/or a Black person, Indigenous person, or person of color. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "American Public Media fires its only Black classical host," 11 Sep. 2020 His husband, composer and conductor Michael Conley, played it on the piano for him at their wedding in February. Dave Murphy,, "These songs are in my heart. What’s in yours?," 26 Aug. 2020 The train conductor suffered back injuries, Alvarado said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Truck driver killed after collision with train in Logan County," 11 Jan. 2020 By: The Minnesota Orchestra and conductor Osmo Vänskä. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, "Minnesota Orchestra's new 'Mahler 10' album is a gripping journey through pain, love," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of conductor was in the 15th century

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25 Apr 2021

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“Conductor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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