Definition of duct
1 : a bodily tube or vessel especially when carrying the secretion of a gland
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 : 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
ductalplay \ˈdək-təl\ adjective
ductlessplay \ˈdək(t)-ləs\ adjective
Examples of duct in a Sentence
air ducts to provide ventilation
Recent Examples of duct from the Web
Wrap the rest of the carcass in a plastic bag secured by duct tape and drag it into a refrigerated semitrailer, ultimately bound for a pet crematorium in Poynette.
The woman’s daughter-in-law found her in a closet four days later bound with duct tape and zip ties, and with a cloth bag over her head.
After checking ducts, evaluate all the windows and doors for leaks and cracks, and add new weather stripping if necessary.
Without giving anything away, just know that once the tear duct levies break, there’s no going back.
With her face bruised and beaten-up, she's covered in duct tape that reads Easy Breezy Beautiful Thugger Girls, the album’s name, an obvious play on CoverGirl’s slogan, Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, CoverGirl.
His waffle board is made from a piece of wood paneling duct-taped to a hockey glove.
The girl said she'd been left in the middle of the night in a van with windows covered by cardboard and duct tape.
A saloon-style bar and shiny vats dominate the space, named for L.A. Aque duct masters William Mulholland , Fred Eaton, and Joseph Lippincott.
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Definition of duct
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
First Known Use of duct
DUCT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of duct for Students
: 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 Definition of duct
: a bodily tube or vessel especially when carrying the secretion of a gland
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