conduit

noun con·duit \ ˈkän-ˌdü-ət , -ˌdyü- also -dwət , -dət \
|Updated on: 22 Jun 2018

Definition of conduit

1 : a natural or artificial channel through which something (such as a fluid) is conveyed
  • a conduit for rainwater
2 : a pipe, tube, or tile for protecting electric wires or cables
3 : a means of transmitting or distributing
  • a conduit for illicit payments
  • a conduit of information
4 archaic : fountain

Examples of conduit in a Sentence

  1. the major conduit for carrying water to the military base

  2. water flowed along the conduit to the fountain

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Origin and Etymology of conduit

Middle English, from Anglo-French cunduit pipe, passage, conduct, in part from cunduit, past participle of cunduire to lead, from Latin conducere, in part from Medieval Latin conductus — more at 2conduct

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CONDUIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of conduit for English Language Learners

  • : a pipe or tube through which something (such as water or wire) passes

  • : someone or something that is used as a way of sending something (such as information or money) from one place or person to another



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