conduit

noun
con·duit | \ˈkän-ˌdü-ət, -ˌdyü- also -dwət, -dət\

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

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Examples of conduit in a Sentence

the major conduit for carrying water to the military base water flowed along the conduit to the fountain

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Regional banks are also using their geographical reach to act as natural conduits for cross-border flows of capital, such as migrants’ remittances. The Economist, "As Western lenders retreat, African banks see an opportunity," 14 June 2018 Those holes provide conduits to link computer chips crammed into the tight spaces inside. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "ESI, Oregon's original tech company, returns to the cutting edge," 17 Feb. 2018 In January, McClatchy reported that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether the National Rifle Association was a conduit for money from Russia to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "More evidence emerges on the NRA’s Russia connection.," 11 June 2018 Similarly, data unions could be conduits channelling members’ data contributions, all while tracking them and billing AI firms that benefit from them. All this may sound like science fiction. The Economist, "What if people were paid for their data?," 7 July 2018 This makes them distinctly neither conduit nor content, not only network nor only media, but a hybrid not anticipated by current law. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 Though Cohen was the primary conduit between Trump and National Enquirer reporters, Trump on occasion asked Hope Hicks, his former communications adviser, to call Pecker to suggest a story, said one of the people familiar with AMI practices. Sarah Ellison, BostonGlobe.com, "Tabloid allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing," 22 June 2018 Though Cohen was the primary conduit between Trump and National Enquirer reporters, Trump on occasion asked Hope Hicks, his former communications adviser, to call Pecker to suggest a story, said one of the people familiar with AMI practices. Sarah Ellison, chicagotribune.com, "National Enquirer allegedly ran stories by Trump before publishing during campaign," 21 June 2018 Ghosts will often use any conduit available to make contact. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018

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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, 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 conduct entry 2

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conduit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of conduit

: 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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