Definition of conduit in US English:



  • 1A channel for conveying water or other fluid.

    ‘a conduit for conveying water to the power plant’
    • ‘Embedded in the walls that led to the train platform lay ancient gravesites and water conduits discovered during the construction of the station.’
    • ‘Constantinople was also crossed by water conduits that strode over valleys like giant bridges.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Roads, railways, water supply conduits, power and communication lines, towns and cities were built to a high technical standard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the conduit where the crust cracked, the magma crystallizes and forms a dike.’
    • ‘It is believed that run-off containing animal wastes entered water conduits from nearby farms.’
    • ‘The patent is concerned with a process and equipment for laying pipes and other conduits in deep water.’
    • ‘My plan is to seal it off with its own security system and then have somebody cut the water conduits.’
    • ‘When a bridge or water supply conduit has exceeded its carrying capacity for vehicles or flow, the system either breaks or malfunctions.’
    • ‘These conduits permit the transfer of information both to and from the nucleus, and are vital to proper cell function.’
    • ‘In scenes dating from the New Kingdom, must flows from the trough along a small conduit into a receptacle.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘In this case, the floor drain provided a conduit to the storm water sewer and a nearby creek or drain.’
    • ‘These karst cavities form as conduits for water flow between input and output points.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In higher plants tracheary elements are the main conduits for water transport from roots to leaves.’
    • ‘This causes problems around culverts, overflow pipes, and other water conduits.’
    • ‘The arteries and veins are not merely conduits designed to convey blood passively to and from the capillaries.’
    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.
      ‘the office acts as a conduit for ideas to flow throughout the organization’
      • ‘State monopolies or privileged private companies secure strategic resources and keep open the conduits that provide money to the metropole.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite the industry's rhetoric… companies really want to use children as conduits to their parent's wallets.’
      • ‘By its definition, money laundering is a conduit for trading criminal money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The cash was again passed through a known conduit for terror organisations.’
      • ‘Until there is a genuine change in government, agencies such as this charity are the safest conduit for aid money.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They do not enlighten but are used as conduits for making money by religious organizations.’
      • ‘‘They're not content to simply be conduits anymore,’ says Mike Miron, CEO of ContentGuard.’
      • ‘Corporations, professional associations, political parties and other issue groups organize and run conduits.’
      • ‘The small travel agency he owned soon became a major conduit for BAE's money, channelling over £7m a year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These co-conspirators were conduits for money and also provided needed skills and knowledge.’
      • ‘Some cable operators own content, but operators, generally speaking, are conduits for content.’
      • ‘Lawrence was a living conduit, an electrical force whose existence took the form of a man.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A tube or trough for protecting electric wiring.

    ‘the gas pipe should not be close to any electrical conduit’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Taking a quick look around she smiled; the shaped charge had taken out lockers and some electrical conduits, but nothing major.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And then there's the cable pipe itself, a conduit to which creative cable subscribers can attribute all kinds of mischief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kenneth also suggests trying thin-wall electrical conduit for the same purpose.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elevated guideways look sleek in computer renderings, but are less elegant, with thickened columns, electric conduits and emergency walkways.’
    • ‘White turned the light switch off, there was a severe electrical arc from the conduit, immediately followed by sparks and flames.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your cable should be protected in a conduit, a plastic tube for electrical wires, so you won't dig into it accidentally.’
    • ‘The flexible conduit really helps to tidy the wiring and also has the added bonus of accentuating the overall ‘industrial’ look of the project.’
    • ‘A subsequent glance revealed Matthew McCaslin's trademark meandering networks of electrical conduits, wires, cables, monitors and video players.’
    • ‘Its telecommunications and electronics group produces electrical connectors, conduits, printed circuit boards, and undersea fiber-optic cable.’
    • ‘We used a 58-inch piece of electrical conduit and sharpened the end of it like a vaccination needle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).