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
Recent Examples on the Web Still, Hong Kong plays a vital role as a conduit for capital into and out of China. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, "China freezes pastor’s bank account in Hong Kong clampdown," 16 Dec. 2020 The apparent conduit for the Treasury and Commerce Department hacks — and the FireEye compromise — is a hugely popular piece of server software called SolarWinds. Arkansas Online, "U.S. agencies hacked in monthslong global cyberspying campaign," 15 Dec. 2020 The apparent conduit for the Treasury and Commerce Department hacks - and the FireEye compromise - is a hugely popular piece of server software called SolarWinds. CBS News, "Potentially major hack of government agencies disclosed," 14 Dec. 2020 The apparent conduit for the Treasury and Commerce Department hacks — and the FireEye compromise — is a hugely popular piece of server software called SolarWinds. Eric Tucker, Tom Krisher, USA TODAY, "US government agencies hacked; Russia a possible culprit," 14 Dec. 2020 First of all, historically, the artist has been the conduit for society to heal and to propel change. Washington Post, "Why Billy Porter ‘won’t shut up’ when it comes to his politics," 26 Aug. 2020 The bill only requires builders to create the infrastructure to support future installation of electric vehicle charging stations, such as conduit wiring and electrical current capacity. Washington Post, "D.C. Council to vote Tuesday on proposal to let e-scooter riders recoup medical bills after crashes," 1 Dec. 2020 Possible parallels between imagery of water gone awry and the unreliable conduit of the esophagus being clogged did not escape me. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Water offers buoyancy and supports our lives: Sun Messages," 19 Oct. 2020 Ramirez Orozco, a Mexican national, was indicted this month in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on conspiracy to commit money laundering and other charges stemming from her role as a financial conduit for distributors. John Caniglia, cleveland, "From Cleveland to Mexico: Authorities help stem the flow of drug profits in arrest of accused money launderer," 25 Nov. 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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22 Dec 2020

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“Conduit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conduit. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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conduit

noun
How to pronounce conduit (audio)

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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