Definition of conduit in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈkɒndjʊɪt//ˈkɒndɪt/


  • 1A channel for conveying water or other fluid:

    ‘nearby springs supplied the conduit which ran into the brewery’
    • ‘Roads, railways, water supply conduits, power and communication lines, towns and cities were built to a high technical standard.’
    • ‘My plan is to seal it off with its own security system and then have somebody cut the water conduits.’
    • ‘The arteries and veins are not merely conduits designed to convey blood passively to and from the capillaries.’
    • ‘In this case, the floor drain provided a conduit to the storm water sewer and a nearby creek or drain.’
    • ‘Constantinople was also crossed by water conduits that strode over valleys like giant bridges.’
    • ‘These karst cavities form as conduits for water flow between input and output points.’
    • ‘The researchers showed that actin filaments and microtubules, structural elements that traverse cells like the ribs of an umbrella, could function as conduits for the spread of biochemical signals.’
    • ‘In scenes dating from the New Kingdom, must flows from the trough along a small conduit into a receptacle.’
    • ‘Over the centuries, monks and feudal retainers applied their skills to enlarging the earthen dam and installing wood or stone conduits to carry water to neighbouring fields.’
    • ‘This causes problems around culverts, overflow pipes, and other water conduits.’
    • ‘These conduits permit the transfer of information both to and from the nucleus, and are vital to proper cell function.’
    • ‘In the city, 19 waterways currently serve as conduits for domestic waste water, and the quantity of phosphorus in Guangzhou's Pearl River has reached 1.4 times the standard amount.’
    • ‘When a bridge or water supply conduit has exceeded its carrying capacity for vehicles or flow, the system either breaks or malfunctions.’
    • ‘In the conduit where the crust cracked, the magma crystallizes and forms a dike.’
    • ‘In higher plants tracheary elements are the main conduits for water transport from roots to leaves.’
    • ‘The patent is concerned with a process and equipment for laying pipes and other conduits in deep water.’
    • ‘They consist of a single piece of hardened steel, and their hydraulic fluid conduits are contained in the jacks' interiors, allowing for safer, more efficient operation.’
    • ‘Embedded in the walls that led to the train platform lay ancient gravesites and water conduits discovered during the construction of the station.’
    • ‘A cave is a natural cavity in bedrock which acts as a conduit for water flow between input points, such as sinking streams or soil percolation water, and output points, such as springs or seepages.’
    • ‘It is believed that run-off containing animal wastes entered water conduits from nearby farms.’
    channel, trench, ditch, gully, drain, culvert, cut, flume, gutter, furrow, groove, depression
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    1. 1.1 A person or organization that acts as a channel for the transmission of something:
      ‘as an actor you have to be a conduit for other people's words’
      • ‘Despite the industry's rhetoric… companies really want to use children as conduits to their parent's wallets.’
      • ‘The spectacular advance of AIDS resulted from a virus given new routes of entry: widespread increases in certain lifestyle practices provided a conduit for efficient transmission.’
      • ‘Until there is a genuine change in government, agencies such as this charity are the safest conduit for aid money.’
      • ‘Corporations, professional associations, political parties and other issue groups organize and run conduits.’
      • ‘But Roger, they may just keep doing this until you do something like that; they may just think this is such an easy conduit that we'll keep going until otherwise.’
      • ‘By its definition, money laundering is a conduit for trading criminal money.’
      • ‘Some cable operators own content, but operators, generally speaking, are conduits for content.’
      • ‘The cash was again passed through a known conduit for terror organisations.’
      • ‘So yes, if you're worried about hurting the party as a conduit for soft money, maybe you need to worry about this, but not as an old - fashioned political party.’
      • ‘At common law the agent recipient is regarded as a mere conduit for the money, which is treated as paid to the principal, not to the agent.’
      • ‘‘They're not content to simply be conduits anymore,’ says Mike Miron, CEO of ContentGuard.’
      • ‘The small travel agency he owned soon became a major conduit for BAE's money, channelling over £7m a year.’
      • ‘Microsoft issued a workaround today to guard against a serious vulnerability in Internet Explorer which created a way for hackers to turn popular websites into conduits for viral transmission.’
      • ‘What is likely to happen with a ban on soft money, Representative Davis told the New York Times, is that political parties will set up unofficial parallel organizations to serve as conduits for the campaign funds.’
      • ‘Lawrence was a living conduit, an electrical force whose existence took the form of a man.’
      • ‘They do not enlighten but are used as conduits for making money by religious organizations.’
      • ‘Fifth, the need to find ways of injecting laundered money into a financial system means that some legitimate and unsuspecting businesses may be used as conduits for the money.’
      • ‘State monopolies or privileged private companies secure strategic resources and keep open the conduits that provide money to the metropole.’
      • ‘These co-conspirators were conduits for money and also provided needed skills and knowledge.’
      • ‘He or she keeps the sponsor and other senior managers informed of progress and acts as the main conduit between the organization and the change programme.’
  • 2A tube or trough for protecting electric wiring:

    ‘the gas pipe should not be close to any electrical conduit’
    [mass noun] ‘the cable must be protected by conduit’
    • ‘The researchers mounted the bundle between metal electrodes inside a glass conduit and then measured the voltage generated as various liquids flowed over the bundle.’
    • ‘The air bag assembly further includes a gas conduit which provides a gas path for transferring the gas from the inflator to the air bag cushion.’
    • ‘The flexible conduit really helps to tidy the wiring and also has the added bonus of accentuating the overall ‘industrial’ look of the project.’
    • ‘And then there's the cable pipe itself, a conduit to which creative cable subscribers can attribute all kinds of mischief.’
    • ‘White turned the light switch off, there was a severe electrical arc from the conduit, immediately followed by sparks and flames.’
    • ‘Its telecommunications and electronics group produces electrical connectors, conduits, printed circuit boards, and undersea fiber-optic cable.’
    • ‘Kenneth also suggests trying thin-wall electrical conduit for the same purpose.’
    • ‘Elevated guideways look sleek in computer renderings, but are less elegant, with thickened columns, electric conduits and emergency walkways.’
    • ‘A subsequent glance revealed Matthew McCaslin's trademark meandering networks of electrical conduits, wires, cables, monitors and video players.’
    • ‘Your cable should be protected in a conduit, a plastic tube for electrical wires, so you won't dig into it accidentally.’
    • ‘Because the wires are between thirty and forty years old and buried without any conduit to protect them from the elements, he judged the job to be too dangerous.’
    • ‘If layers of phosphorus impregnated silicon and boron-impregnated silicon are joined together with metal leads or conduits, an electrical potential can be created with some help from light.’
    • ‘Inside the starships, the smells of burning fur and burning flesh mix with the smells of burning conduits and charred circuit boards.’
    • ‘Lancing right through layers of armor, electronics and conduits they stabbed into the engine room, slicing into the fusion bottles that powered the great vessel.’
    • ‘Space on ships is such a precious commodity - crammed behind every panel are conduits, ducts, pipes, cables - that protecting open space can feel as formidable as holding back the sea.’
    • ‘I note the invoice refers to running a low voltage wire through a conduit pipe, hooking up the units, and then checking the operation of the machinery.’
    • ‘Some of the additions are invisible, such as the minilab in a former coat closet and the metal conduit tubing placed over electrical wires to meet code requirements.’
    • ‘Taking a quick look around she smiled; the shaped charge had taken out lockers and some electrical conduits, but nothing major.’
    • ‘Hmm, as this thing dried the air by removing moisture, more would just pour in from the ultra-humid outside through scores of tiny openings, from electrical wiring conduits to mouse holes.’
    • ‘We used a 58-inch piece of electrical conduit and sharpened the end of it like a vaccination needle.’
    channel, duct, pipe, tube, gutter, groove, furrow, trough, trench, culvert, cut, sluice, spillway, race, flume, chute, ditch, drain
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Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin conductus, from Latin conducere bring together (see conduct).