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duct

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noun \ˈdəkt\

Definition of duct

  1. 1 :  a bodily tube or vessel especially when carrying the secretion of a gland

  2. 2a :  a pipe, tube, or channel that conveys a substanceb :  a pipe or tubular runway for carrying an electric power line, telephone cables, or other conductors

  3. 3 :  a tube or elongated cavity (such as a xylem vessel) in plant tissue

  4. 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

ductal

play \ˈdək-təl\ adjective

ductless

play \ˈdək(t)-ləs\ adjective

Examples of duct in a Sentence

  1. air ducts to provide ventilation

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Origin and Etymology of duct

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


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duct

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Definition of duct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enclose in a duct

  3. 2 :  to convey (something, such as a gas) through a duct; also :  to propagate (something, such as radio waves) through a duct

First Known Use of duct

1936


DUCT Defined for English Language Learners

duct

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noun

Definition of duct for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

duct

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noun \ˈdəkt\

Definition of duct for Students

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

Word Root of duct

The Latin word ducere, meaning “to lead,” and its form ductus give us the roots duc and duct. Words from the Latin ducere have something to do with leading. A duct is a tube that leads from one place or organ to another. To educate, or teach, is to lead to knowledge. To induce is to lead into a particular state.


Medical Dictionary

duct

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noun \ˈdəkt\

Medical Definition of duct

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



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