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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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 The first phase would pay for roads, signaling, street lighting, conduits and water and sewer pipes. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Pugh administration seeks $102 million subsidy for East Baltimore, Perkins Homes redevelopment," 19 June 2018 Another reason is that, multiple reports have linked both Qatar as a source of players in the broader web of shady Trump financial dealings with Russia, and Cohen as a key conduit. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal," 16 May 2018 Cook emphasized that the strategic fund would simply be a conduit issuer in the deal; there is no state or strategic fund money at risk. J.c. Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan fund backs questionable bid for scandal-plagued cemeteries," 4 July 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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