conduit

noun
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

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Presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is also a key conduit between Parscale, the campaign and the White House. NBC News, "Trump touts the 'power' of controversial social media activists at White House summit," 11 July 2019 To clarify: Because demons possess people, not objects, Annabelle is a conduit for spirits rather than a demon herself. Daniel Menegaz, EW.com, "All the evil spirits of the Conjuring universe, ranked," 29 June 2019 The vender’s remote software was an ideal conduit for further interference. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," 12 June 2019 Of course, an audience—or a country to run, or a business to lead—is a conduit to communicate your ideas. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Theresa May’s final days in office are a lesson in learning from failure," 5 June 2019 Here, scent—the sense most connected to memory—is not only a conduit to the culture of each locale but a way to transport guests back. Vogue, "The Power of Scent: 5 New Fragrances to Help Those Vacation Memories Linger, Long After The Trip Ends," 31 May 2019 Hifter's campaign against Islamic militants across Libya since 2014 won him growing support from world leaders concerned that Libya has become a haven for armed groups and a major conduit for migrants. Author: Rami Musa, Samy Magdy, Anchorage Daily News, "Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center," 3 July 2019 Hifter’s campaign against Islamic militants across Libya since 2014 won him growing support from world leaders concerned that Libya has become a haven for armed groups and a major conduit for migrants. Washington Post, "Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center," 3 July 2019 Under Facebook's plan, the civil rights task force will meet monthly and serve as a conduit for employees and outside groups to raise concerns. Brian Fung, CNN, "Facebook announces civil rights task force to fight meddling in 2020 election and census," 30 June 2019

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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

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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