con·​duit | \ ˈkän-ˌdü-ət How to pronounce conduit (audio) , -ˌdyü- also -dwət, -dət \

Essential Meaning of conduit

1 technical : a pipe or tube through which something (such as water or wire) passes
2 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 The council serves as a conduit [=channel] of information between the school and the children's parents.

Full 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

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 As many as 12 fire engines responded to the blaze, which had apparently been triggered by equipment failure, and power through that conduit is not scheduled to be fully restored for another year. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Now, the non-existent fraud could be used not only as a catalyst for legislation but a conduit to try to delegitimize election results. Laura Coates, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 In February 2021, a North Korean swam south across the border and slipped through a drainage conduit, triggering an hourslong manhunt. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2022 The foundation honors lifetime achievement in film, television and theater serving as a conduit to generate new revenues and resources for students, teachers and organizations. Brent Lang, Variety, 1 Jan. 2022 One of the main reasons is that the underground wiring is faulty and not buried in conduit. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 Stanton’s act turns him into a kind of therapist, an emotional counselor for his marks, as well as a spiritual conduit. Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2021 And the Port of Savannah remains a crucial conduit for companies and consumers alike. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 25 Nov. 2021 Smart TVs are poised to be the viewing conduit for the household of the future. Gavin Bridge, Variety, 19 Oct. 2021

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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 conduyt, condyt, cundyte "channel or pipe for conveying water, act of escorting for protection" borrowed from Anglo-French conduit, condet "channel for water, guide, escort party," (also continental Old French), noun derivative from conduit, past participle of conduire "to guide, escort," going back to Latin condūcere "to bring together, join, hire, accept a contract for" (Medieval Latin also "to lead, escort, provide a channel for [water]") — more at conduce

Note: The senses of the vernacular word conduit parallel those of Medieval Latin conductus, conductum—see conduct entry 2. The verb conduct entry 1 and the nouns conduct entry 2 and conductor all had vernacular counterparts in Middle English and early Modern English—conduiten, conduit and conduytour—taken from Anglo-French. Of these only conduit has survived in Modern English, and with the restricted sense "channel for water."

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21 Jan 2022

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“Conduit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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