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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Musk, who studied physics, has floated ideas on Twitter such as using a double-layer Kevlar pressure pod or a long inflatable air sock to penetrate the narrow passageways and provide a rescue conduit. Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Team Due in Thailand to Help Rescue Soccer Team Trapped in Flooded Cave," 7 July 2018 And one woman, Ms. Serota said, asked the difficult question — after the woman’s husband had approached Ms. Trump’s table a couple of times, seeking a conduit to the president. James Barron, New York Times, "Ivana Trump, In and Out of the Spotlight," 26 June 2018 Like the channels and changes that may have spiked genetic exchange between crocodiles in the swamp, flash drives opened up a conduit for US media to mix with Cuban culture more easily than ever before. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Regional banks are also using their geographical reach to act as natural conduits for cross-border flows of capital, such as migrants’ remittances. The Economist, "As Western lenders retreat, African banks see an opportunity," 14 June 2018 Those holes provide conduits to link computer chips crammed into the tight spaces inside. Mike Rogoway,, "ESI, Oregon's original tech company, returns to the cutting edge," 17 Feb. 2018 In January, McClatchy reported that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether the National Rifle Association was a conduit for money from Russia to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "More evidence emerges on the NRA’s Russia connection.," 11 June 2018 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

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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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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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