Definition of conductor in English:

conductor

noun

  • 1A person who directs the performance of an orchestra or choir.

    ‘he was appointed principal conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra’
    • ‘Alsop is principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which plays tomorrow night at the BBC Proms.’
    • ‘This version is directed by Ann Wodeman, with musical director Alan Gardner conductor of Kendal Choral Society.’
    • ‘Using a heady combination of intellect and inspiration, the principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra is making it one of the world's great orchestras.’
    • ‘It brings me joy to see the whole process - conductor, orchestra, soloist - to see how it all comes together.’
    • ‘Mascagni was a competent conductor of orchestral music as well as opera.’
    • ‘On his first visit to Barenboim, Lang played the Tchaikovsky concerto while the conductor played the orchestra part on a second piano.’
    • ‘They are beautifully played, with intense commitment by the soloists and orchestras sensitively directed by the respective conductors.’
    • ‘This leaves the orchestra without a conductor, and a musical cacophony verging on dissonance.’
    • ‘He has served as orchestra conductor, piano soloist, composer and arranger.’
    • ‘The combination of a first rate chamber orchestra and a conductor giving of his best produced superb music making.’
    • ‘In a really great Mahler performance, players and conductors collaborate - everybody works to maximum capacity.’
    • ‘The music is from recordings by von Karajan and other well-known conductors and orchestras.’
    • ‘I met him briefly at an after-concert reception while he was the principal conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.’
    • ‘This is a compilation of ‘classical selections performed by American orchestras and conductors.’’
    • ‘When Czech conductors and orchestras play Dvorák it sounds right and perfectly natural.’
    • ‘He returned to Manchester to join the Halle, then one of the world's greatest orchestras under its legendary conductor Sir John Barbirolli.’
    • ‘But perhaps the most famous Italians of the period were performers: the conductor Arturo Toscanini and the tenor Enrico Caruso.’
    • ‘He also served as music director, conductor, and guest conductor in symphony orchestras worldwide.’
    • ‘Two concerts were directed by volunteer band and orchestra conductors and attracted an audience of more than 2,000 people.’
    • ‘A superbly idiomatic collaboration between a virtuoso conductor and a stellar soloist!’
  • 2British A person who collects fares and sells tickets on a bus.

    • ‘Most complaints in the past were about bus operators, who let drivers and conductors increase fares above a tolerable limit.’
    • ‘In England in those days, you had to give your ticket to the conductor at your destination.’
    • ‘A private bus operator has introduced a hand-held ticketing machine, which allows conductors to print tickets a la railway booking clerks.’
    • ‘There is nowhere to buy tickets so if the conductor doesn't turn up, what can I do?’
    • ‘There have been calls for the operators to hire conductors because unreliable ticket machines have led to angry passengers missing trams.’
    • ‘But others say the majority of people behave on buses and employing a conductor would put up fares.’
    • ‘On alighting from the bus, the conductor handed over his ticket to him, revealing the fact that he had paid for his ticket.’
    • ‘There is nothing remarkable about this, but a single person was acting as a conductor, rubbish collector, and guard.’
    • ‘Since many commuters do not understand the BMTC's jargon of stage, often, conductors collecting the fare become the target of their ire and abuse.’
    • ‘She claimed she found herself in trouble only after intervening in a ticket dispute between the conductor and a fellow passenger.’
    • ‘The conductor sold us ‘one-ways’ to Egton Bridge and said the line was sometimes busy on a Sunday and quite popular with walkers but seats were not reservable.’
    • ‘The driver could collect fares, displacing the conductor.’
    • ‘He said he often saw people get off trains without paying because conductors had not collected fares.’
    • ‘Shortly after the train is departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets.’
    • ‘The driver set off without a backward glance and the conductor began issuing tickets.’
    • ‘The conductor sold me the ticket on the train and I got off at Burley in Wharfedale with a load of other people, all dressed in suits as I was.’
    • ‘I was told staff were being encouraged to carry out their duties and commission was being offered to conductors for each ticket.’
    escort, attendant, courier, pilot, usher, chaperone
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    1. 2.1North American A guard on a train.
      • ‘Train operators and conductors, both of whom carry portable radios, are the first responders to any disaster in the subway.’
      • ‘If you see a package unattended, you know, that's the kind of thing you need to bring to the attention of a police officer or a conductor.’
      • ‘I once had a Chief of Police write the train conductor / engineer a ticket for blocking the main drag in town.’
      • ‘The conductors moved about the train constantly and announced all stops far in advance.’
      • ‘Officials said the train's engineer and conductor suffered minor injuries.’
      • ‘Instead of the conductor stopping the train and putting the man off, he first struck him in the face as hard as he could with his fist.’
      • ‘Who are the engineers and conductors on the global warming death train?’
      • ‘So we stopped for 5 minutes while a conductor walked the train looking for it.’
      • ‘The natural enemy of the train conductor is the drunk driver parked on the train tracks at 2 am.’
      • ‘On this train, the engineer made sure the conductor had heard the message, and the latter said he would take care of it.’
      • ‘The conductor slowed the train to about five miles an hour, and Reese handed him the money.’
      • ‘He has no criminal record and is employed as a train conductor which, on occasion, requires him to cross the Canadian border.’
      • ‘Only one person was aboard the train: the conductor.’
      • ‘On the train home, the train conductor saw our luggage too and arranged, on the phone, a change of platform so that we can easily get the next train.’
      • ‘One morning there was a problem with the train's engine, and the conductor announced that they would be traveling at half-speed.’
      • ‘It soon became a group effort as the train conductor and other workers helped move the supplies and eased the job.’
      • ‘The relief of tracing Maggie into the forests of Palet was soon dispelled when Cirrus received the phone call from his train conductor that they were broken down.’
      • ‘He almost made it off the train when the conductor stopped them both.’
      • ‘The assistant conductor from our train went off duty and got on 350 to go back east.’
      • ‘Another of Tourgee's lines of argumentation in the Plessy case depended on the unreliability of train conductors in determining race.’
  • 3Physics
    A material or device that conducts or transmits heat or electricity, especially when regarded in terms of its capacity to do this.

    ‘most polymers are poor conductors’
    • ‘With the exception of graphite, they are poor conductors of electricity.’
    • ‘It is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity of all elements.’
    • ‘Under this condition, an insulator, which previously prevented the flow of electricity, becomes a conductor.’
    • ‘As electrons enter the conductor, they displace the electrons in the conductor's atoms.’
    • ‘The metal is a good conductor of heat and electricity.’
    • ‘Lead is not a good conductor of electricity, heat, sound, or vibrations.’
    • ‘Carbon is an excellent conductor of electricity.’
    • ‘Foam tends to increase skin temperature because foam materials and the air they entrap are generally poor conductors of heat.’
    • ‘Fuel cells are conductors of electricity, not a source of energy.’
    • ‘The loose electrons make it easy for electricity to flow through these materials, so they are known as electrical conductors.’
    • ‘Can a laser be used as an electrical conductor between two points that are not in physical contact?’
    • ‘It has a high melting point and is a good conductor of heat and electricity.’
    • ‘Metals are good electrical conductors because there are lots of free charges in them.’
    • ‘Here the thin gasses are composed of ionized particles and consequently act as electrical conductors.’
    • ‘Incorporation of dissolved ions makes water a better conductor of electricity.’
    • ‘Electricity needs a conductor in order to move.’
    • ‘A short circuit is simply a low resistance connection between the two conductors supplying electrical power to any circuit.’
    • ‘These clouds would be excellent conductors of electricity and so would generate currents and distort Earth's magnetic field.’
    • ‘Copper and its alloys are relatively good conductors of electricity and heat.’
    • ‘The smaller the core and the poorer electrical conductor its material was, the faster the field would decay.’
    1. 3.1
      • ‘Examples of differing installation principles however could be shown where say other European National Standards hold roof conductors away from roof finishes, where in the UK these conductors are laid flat to the finished material.’
      • ‘Based in south west Scotland and south east England and operating on a national basis, we offer full lightning protection and conductor services.’
      • ‘This conductor is of the same type and cross-section as the down conductor(s) of the installation.’
  • 4British A person who is trained to provide conductive education.

    • ‘The conductor defines the task, for example, raising one arm.’
    • ‘The conductor will work to ensure that all members of the group experience success, face challenges and learn new skills within the comfort of an environment that rewards effort, and not just results.’
    • ‘In this way the conductor ensures that the children experience success and feel proud of what they are doing.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a military leader): via Old French from Latin conductor, from conducere ‘bring together’ (see conduct).

Pronunciation

conductor

/kənˈdʌktə/