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

The little Arby’s, whose glass walls revealed the building’s innards (red air ducts, yellow track lighting and blue piping) was torn down years ago. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Tigerman's death should serve as a wake-up call: Protect the architecture of the recent past," 7 June 2019 Doctors eventually diagnosed her with hyperhidrosis of the vulva and had her use Drysol (a strong topical treatment of aluminum chloride hexahydrate, which helps close sweat ducts). Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Do if You’re Extremely Sweaty in the General Vicinity of Your Vagina," 3 Apr. 2019 For the eyes, concentrate on the under eyes and tear ducts to effectively counteract dark circles. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Ageless Makeup for Women Over 50, According to an Industry Veteran," 27 Mar. 2019 The 9-year-old child told police the girls' mother had duct taped their hands and stuffed their mouths with socks before stabbing her sister. Fox News, "Woman who allegedly stabbed daughter in burning house, snatched other child, arrested after hunt," 17 May 2018 This happens when your sweat ducts become clogged, so moisture gets caught under your skin. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 Travis Trentham, 42, operates Sears carpet- and air-duct cleaning services in San Diego and Phoenix, with a customer base of about 20,000 clients a year. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Sears Franchise Owners Get Caught in Retailer’s Woes," 2 Aug. 2018 By replacing large overhead air ducts with smaller ones, the apartment's ceilings could be lifted to an impressive height. Bob Morris, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Glamorous West Village Loft That's Made For Entertaining," 22 Nov. 2016 Another factor here: Your tears normally drain out of little ducts at the inner corners of your eyes, the NEI says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Do My Eyes Water When I Yawn?," 25 Sep. 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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