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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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 Spirits rely on conduits to deliver messages, and since your subconscious world isn’t tethered to form, loved ones often visit us in dreams. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 The complaint also alleges that Rosendale and the NRA hired the same company for their ad buys that could have acted as a conduit for the campaign to illegally share information with the group. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Advocacy groups file complaint against GOP Senate candidate," 17 Sep. 2018 With Paypal’s revocation of its services, Gab could be deprived of a major revenue conduit. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paypal bans Gab following Pittsburgh shooting," 27 Oct. 2018 There were those who condemned the books as conduits to witchcraft, and there were those who viewed them skeptically as being influenced by secularism, potentially undermining Christian values. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 Throughout the season, Vigen has been one of the Cowboys’ main conduits between curious NFL scouts and Allen. Conor Orr, SI.com, "The Giants’ Biggest Draft Since 2004—When Dave Gettleman Was There Too," 3 Apr. 2018 The consumer-facing apps are mere conduits through which users willingly share their personal information. Jay Willis, GQ, "Tech Companies Have No Reason to Care About Your Privacy," 3 Apr. 2018 States have enacted a variety of laws in hope of collecting more sales taxes, particularly when in-state businesses are used as conduits. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court will decide if online retailers must collect sales tax," 12 Jan. 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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