con·​duit | \ ˈkän-ˌdü-ət How to pronounce conduit (audio) , -ˌdyü- also -dwət, -dət \

Essential Meaning of conduit

1 technical : a pipe or tube through which something (such as water or wire) passes
2 formal : someone or something that is used as a way of sending something (such as information or money) from one place or person to another The council serves as a conduit [=channel] of information between the school and the children's parents.

Full 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

the major conduit for carrying water to the military base water flowed along the conduit to the fountain
Recent Examples on the Web Honeywell seems undaunted by the possibility that Anthem could be a conduit to data theft, monitoring or aircraft disruption. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 Pash has been a conduit between the NFL office and teams for years. Barry Wilner, Chron, 15 Oct. 2021 It’s about a girl on a West London housing estate, who is a conduit to the lives of all the other people in her orbit. Michaela Coel, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 During the Iraq War, Jordan was a key overland conduit to Iraq. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2021 When the diplomat is a princess If the LS2group is the Saudi's behind-the-scenes conduit to average Americans, Reema is the kingdom's public face. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, 6 Mar. 2021 For them, football is a real conduit to getting a college degree. Paul Newbberry, Star Tribune, 20 Nov. 2020 Microsoft deploys a virtual appliance called an Arc resource bridge that acts as the conduit between Azure public cloud and VMware environment. Janakiram Msv, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Pash has been a conduit between the NFL office and teams for years. Barry Wilner, Chron, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of conduit

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conduit

Middle English conduyt, condyt, cundyte "channel or pipe for conveying water, act of escorting for protection" borrowed from Anglo-French conduit, condet "channel for water, guide, escort party," (also continental Old French), noun derivative from conduit, past participle of conduire "to guide, escort," going back to Latin condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, accept a contract for" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") — more at conduce

Note: The senses of the vernacular word conduit parallel those of Medieval Latin conductus, conductum—see conduct entry 2. The verb conduct entry 1 and the nouns conduct entry 2 and conductor all had vernacular counterparts in Middle English and early Modern English—conduiten, conduit and conduytour—taken from Anglo-French. Of these only conduit has survived in Modern English, and with the restricted sense "channel for water."

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“Conduit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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