duct

noun
\ ˈdəkt How to pronounce duct (audio) \

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

duct

verb
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

Noun

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

Examples of duct in a Sentence

Noun

air ducts to provide ventilation

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Gary is also accused of trying to embarrass cheerleaders through physical assaults, such as duct-taping a cheerleader in the stomach and on the sides. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "NFL Teams Previously Have Settled in Cheerleader Lawsuits. Will Texans' Ex-Cheerleaders Set Different Precedent?," 25 June 2018 Your air ducts play a critical role in energy loss. Paul F.p. Pogue, The Seattle Times, "How to find and stop the drafts that are stealing your home’s energy," 1 Oct. 2018 Among rocks, Pix 11 reports, sisters Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were found fully clothed and duct-taped together at the feet and waist. Teen Vogue, "Two Asylum-Seeking Saudi Sisters Were Found Dead, Duct-Taped Together in the Hudson River," 30 Oct. 2018 Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of invasive breast cancer, and begins in the lining of the milk ducts before spreading to the surrounding tissue. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Teen chooses homeschooling to help paralyzed mom diagnosed with 2 cancers," 27 Aug. 2018 The cooling ducts for the front brakes will become simpler, and the rear wings will also become wider, taller, and less complicated. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula 1 cars are about to go through a big change, but is it good?," 24 July 2018 However, only about 50 percent of mammary tumors are cancerous, with a majority of these cases being carcinoma (arising from the lining of the ducts in the mammary gland), Wustefeld-Janssens said. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "Pet Talk: Mammary tumors in dogs," 20 June 2018 Before bringing your baby home, Cooke recommends testing to ensure that your heating, venting, and cooling systems are working properly, and doing a deep cleaning of all vents and ducts. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "6 Nursery-Decorating Mistakes To Avoid For Your Baby’s Health," 19 Dec. 2018 The seawater surged through vents and ducts, swamping basements, knocking out electricity and mechanical equipment, including all the pumps and emergency generators that kept the 12,000 or so fish and marine mammals alive. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Back in March, DARPA announced that it had awarded company called Aurora Flight Sciences a contract to start test its far-out design for a VTOL craft propelled by two dozen ducted fans. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "DARPA's Bonkers 24-Prop Plane Takes Flight," 19 Apr. 2016 Apprentices receive lower pay than more experienced metal fabricators, who make ducting for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and are normally in demand by contractors. Jeannette Lee Falsey, Alaska Dispatch News, "How bad is Alaska’s recession? Economists call it ‘moderate’ so far.," 26 July 2017 Miles of neatly ducted, shielded cables run along the ceiling. Sebastian Anthony, Ars Technica, "Taking a flight on the best Boeing 757," 3 July 2017 The District 181 Board Monday approved paying for a fitness mezzanine and expanded storage at about $53,400, two operable windows per classroom for about $217,400 and ducted fan coil units in lieu of cassettes for about $134,500. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Track not part of $400,000 in Hinsdale Middle School additions," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of duct

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duct

Noun

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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duct

noun

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

duct

noun
\ ˈdəkt How to pronounce duct (audio) \

Kids Definition of duct

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

duct

noun
\ ˈdəkt How to pronounce duct (audio) \

Medical Definition of duct

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

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