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 Lightbulbs, along with refrigerators, coffee makers, microwave ovens, baby monitors, security cameras, speakers, televisions, and thermostats have, in the past few decades, transformed from ordinary objects into conduits for the future. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The WIRED Guide to the Internet of Things," 10 Feb. 2020 Texts from the time suggest the game had begun to be seen as a conduit through which the dead could communicate with the living. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Is this the original board game of death?," 6 Feb. 2020 In the past, these firms have been important conduits for improved know-how and technologies acquired from partners and rivals abroad and passed on to suppliers and imitators at home. The Economist, "Emerging economies are experiencing a prolonged productivity slowdown," 18 Jan. 2020 So the new voluntary guidelines call for installing panels, outlets, and conduits capable of charging at least one full-size EV in a single-family garage overnight. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "New US building codes will make every home ready for electric cars," 9 Jan. 2020 An exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History revolves around the theme of our food supply’s vulnerability to plant disease, using an unconventional conduit: early 20th-century glass models of rotting fruit. Myles Karp, National Geographic, "Rotting-fruit art points up plants in peril," 27 Dec. 2019 And anybody who wants to take his power is probably not a good conduit for it. James Hibberd,, "Watchmen showrunner answers 9 post-finale burning questions," 16 Dec. 2019 Facebook played a crucial role, but merely as conduit for fair-and-square campaigning. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Facebook’s Id Is Showing," 8 Jan. 2020 The collapse and resulting soil shift damaged underground cooling water supply lines and electrical conduit lines to Praxair, an industrial gases company operating nearby. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Bulk Storage had similar Detroit River bank collapse in 2011," 10 Dec. 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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The first known use of conduit was in the 14th century

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16 Feb 2020

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“Conduit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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