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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In addition to being governed by rival administrations, Libya has also become a haven for armed groups, including several from neighboring countries and a major conduit for African migrants hoping to reach Europe. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "UN appeals for urgent release of migrants trapped in Libya," 12 Apr. 2019 While there is a culture of paying one’s way into an upper echelon school that is quite pervasive, the Varsity Blues bribery scheme explicitly sought to find spaces for the children in exchange for money, via Singer as conduit. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "How the College Admissions Scandal Is Different From the Other Ways Rich Parents Help Their Kids Get Into School," 13 Mar. 2019 Still, according to the report, Flynn served as a conduit for IP3 inside the White House. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says," 20 Feb. 2019 Using them as a conduit to end-clients in need of payments solutions makes sense. Aaron Back, WSJ, "Paying Up for Worldpay Might Make Sense," 18 Mar. 2019 The port is Yemen’s primary conduit for humanitarian aid, which 22m people, or 80% of the population, depend on. The Economist, "Yemen’s main port could become the next battleground," 7 June 2018 But overall, the southern end of the conduit saw massive buildups of boulders and rubble. William J. Broad, New York Times, "How the Ice Age Shaped New York," 5 June 2018 Blue conduits connect the devices to a surface-level satellite dish that sends encrypted data to the U.N.’s Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria. John Bordsen, USA TODAY, "North Korean nukes tracked from Tennessee tourist caverns," 13 Apr. 2018 The crown jewel of the system is the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, a recreational conduit that in warmer months teems with walkers, bicyclists, runners and more. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Tackle Anchorage’s terrific city trail system," 3 May 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

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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