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Definition of duct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bodily tube or vessel especially when carrying the secretion of a gland
2a : a pipe, tube, or channel that conveys a substance
b : a pipe or tubular runway for carrying an electric power line, telephone cables, or other conductors
3 : a tube or elongated cavity (such as a xylem vessel) in plant tissue
4 : a layer (as in the atmosphere or the ocean) which occurs under usually abnormal conditions and in which radio or sound waves are confined to a restricted path


ducted; ducting; ducts

Definition of duct (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to enclose in a duct
2 : to convey (something, such as a gas) through a duct also : to propagate (something, such as radio waves) through a duct

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Other Words from duct


ductal \ ˈdək-​tᵊl How to pronounce duct (audio) \ adjective
ductless \ ˈdək(t)-​ləs How to pronounce duct (audio) \ adjective

Examples of duct in a Sentence

Noun air ducts to provide ventilation
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biden has faced his own challenges with White House construction during his short tenure; weeks of an underground duct-work and upgrade project have plagued the South grounds for the last several weeks. Kate Bennett, CNN, 30 May 2021 All of this is to say, just like with technical debt, duct-taping our way out of the immediate crisis does not address the fundamental problems. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, 15 May 2021 The art world is used to antics: Maurizio Cattelan sold a banana duct-taped to a wall, Robert Rauschenberg erased a de Kooning drawing, Ai Weiwei photographed himself smashing a two-thousand-year-old urn. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 While on the 812 Superfast, the engine air intakes are set either side of the large central grille, the 812 Competizione adopts an integrated solution with a single air duct. Neil Winton, Forbes, 5 May 2021 With relative ease, two thieves disguised as Boston police officers managed to convince the entrance guard to open the door, and after duct-taping him and his partner, spent a leisurely 81 minutes helping themselves to the riches inside. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2021 Finally, late Wednesday night, signs noting that all residents had to leave by Thursday at 10:30 p.m. were duct-taped around the park, barely 24 hours before the eviction. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 26 Mar. 2021 And tear-duct clogging can lead to a complete breakdown if left unattended for forty years. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2021 Tim Rothermel, a White sales manager, duct-taped a copy of the petition to the glass door. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two thieves dressed as Boston cops bluffed a night guard into buzzing them in through a street-side security door, then handcuffed and duct-taped him and his fellow guard in the museum basement. Jon Lender, courant.com, 18 Apr. 2021 Jaron Johnson also duct taped her hands behind her, according to the affidavit. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, 13 Apr. 2021 For a more thorough dryer and duct cleaning, hire professional services, like Dryer Vent Wizard. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 30 Mar. 2021 One of his buddies duct-taped my mouth shut backstage during a rehearsal for our school production of The Wedding Singer. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 3 Mar. 2021 Both programs offer free in-home assessments and rebates to help reduce the upfront cost of installing energy-efficient equipment such as high-efficiency HVAC tuneups, insulation, air sealing and duct sealing. Staff Report, NOLA.com, 13 Jan. 2021 Stop trying to duct-tape a ring light to your laptop, and get yourself a dedicated videophone. Adrienne So, Wired, 25 Oct. 2020 Regardless of whether the foundation is poured concrete or concrete block, inspect every penetration point, meaning any place where a pipe, conduit or duct passes through a hole in the foundation walls. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 12 Oct. 2020 And so, with a collection of eccentric field assistants, a variety of snow-ready (and occasionally duct-taped) vehicles, and a willingness to follow wherever tracks led, Slaght delved into the wilderness. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of duct


1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duct


New Latin ductus, from Medieval Latin, aqueduct, from Latin, act of leading, from ducere to lead — more at tow entry 1

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21 Jun 2021

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“Duct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duct. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of duct

: a pipe or tube for air, water, electric power lines, etc., to pass through
: a tube in the body that carries a particular liquid


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Kids Definition of duct

: a pipe, tube, or vessel that carries something air-conditioning ducts tear ducts


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Medical Definition of duct

: a bodily tube or vessel especially when carrying the secretion of a gland

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