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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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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