con·​duit | \ ˈkän-ˌdü-ət How to pronounce conduit (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web Hartford is a place of immense artistic vitality and as a cultural conduit, Hartford Public Library is in a unique position to help share the city’s good work. Christopher Arnott,, "TheaterWorks offers free passes to ‘Russian Troll Farm’ through Hartford Library," 19 Oct. 2020 Every extra conduit in the process adds to its complexity and therefore to the possibility of errors or fraud. Timothy L. O’brien Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "A pandemic of fraud and bungling on COVID relief is costing taxpayers billions," 14 Oct. 2020 As Johnson noted, every wire that comes in to the chip from the outside world is a potential conduit for heat that has to be minimized—again, a problem that most chipmakers don't face. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "D-Wave releases its next-generation quantum annealing chip," 29 Sep. 2020 The scheme, according to the FTC, is Souheil was able to use his legitimate telecom company as a conduit for his dubious telemarketing firm to target American households. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "When the phone company and the robocall scammer are one and the same," 29 Sep. 2020 Slip over it a five-foot section of ½-inch electric conduit. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, "New bird boxes? Think fall, not spring," 12 Sep. 2020 The Trump administration will allow the existing Keystone pipeline to carry more oil-sands crude into the Midwest and Gulf Coast while the conduit’s decade-old expansion project faces renewed legal hurdles., "Dunkin’ to close 350 more stores," 31 July 2020 Some in Germany, including Merkel’s Social Democratic coalition partners, have embraced Nord Stream as a conduit to maintain ties with Moscow. Patrick Donahue,, "EU Chief Slams Nord Stream Project, Adds Pressure on Merkel," 16 Sep. 2020 There is electrical conduit running over the outer walls of the units, and a rare outlet appears right above the door to ours, so that an extension cord can be run inside. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of conduit was in the 14th century

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23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conduit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conduit

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

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