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 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 The latter six were charged with conspiring with Khawaja and each other to make conduit campaign contributions and conceal excessive contributions and related offenses, U.S. authorities said. Washington Post, "Key Mueller witness, major Clinton and Trump donor charged with funneling $3.5 million in illegal contributions in 2016 U.S. elections," 4 Dec. 2019 But those moves are central to the New York branch’s mission as the Fed’s primary conduit to — and supervisor of — Wall Street. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "The New York Fed Chief Is Facing His Biggest Test. Here’s His Response.," 29 Sep. 2019 But the Texas Department of Transportation fast tracked the expansion of the freeway starting in 2003 without the reservoir-conduit flood control system. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Barker Flood Prevention co-founder talks about moving forward after Harvey," 29 July 2019 Animal metaphors can be a conduit for gaining access to a female experience that exists beyond social constructs of gender. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Wild Woman Awakens," 17 Dec. 2019 One particularly egregious example, double-dipping, creates a conduit between corporate donors and their own wealth., "How Oregon Senate Republicans could pay walkout expenses and fines: Campaign cash," 21 June 2019 The new conduit, called the Power of Siberia, is part of a plan by Russian President Vladimir Putin to reduce his country’s dependence on gas markets in Europe and tap into the fast-growing economies of Asia. Olga Tanas, Washington Post, "How Russia-China Gas Pipeline Changes Energy Calculus," 25 Nov. 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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conduit.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 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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