conductor

[kuhn-duhk-ter]
noun
1.
a person who conducts; a leader, guide, director, or manager.
2.
an employee on a bus, train, or other public conveyance, who is in charge of the conveyance and its passengers, collects fares or tickets, etc.
3.
a person who directs an orchestra or chorus, communicating to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands his or her interpretation of the music.
4.
a substance, body, or device that readily conducts heat, electricity, sound, etc.: Copper is a good conductor of electricity.

Origin:
1400–50; < Latin (see conduce, -tor); replacing late Middle English cond(u)itour < Anglo-French, equivalent to Middle French conduiteur < Latin as above; see conduit

conductorial [kon-duhk-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-] , adjective
conductorship, noun
multiconductor, adjective
preconductor, noun
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conductor (kənˈdʌktə)
 
n
1.  an official on a bus who collects fares, checks tickets, etc
2.  Also called (esp US): director a person who conducts an orchestra, choir, etc
3.  a person who leads or guides
4.  (US), (Canadian) a railway official in charge of a train
5.  a substance, body, or system that conducts electricity, heat, etc
6.  See lightning conductor
 
con'ductorship
 
n
 
conductress
 
fem n

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conductor
1481, "one who leads or guides," conduitour, from O.Fr. conduitor, from L. conductorem, agent noun from conducere (see conduce). Meaning "leader of an orchestra or chorus" is from 1784; meaning "one who has charge of passengers and collects fares on a railroad" is 1832,
Amer.Eng. Physics sense of "object or device that passes heat" is from 1745; of electricity from 1737.
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conductor con·duc·tor (kən-dŭk'tər)
n.

  1. A substance or medium that conducts heat, light, sound, or especially an electric charge.

  2. An instrument or probe having a groove along which a knife is passed in slitting open a sinus or fistula; a grooved director.

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conductor  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (kən-dŭk'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
A material or an object that conducts heat, electricity, light, or sound. Electrical conductors contain electric charges (usually electrons) that are relatively free to move through the material; a voltage applied across the conductor therefore creates an electric current. Insulators (electrical nonconductors) contain no charges that move when subject to a voltage. Compare insulator. See also resistance, superconductivity.

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conductor definition


A material through which electric current can pass. In general, metals are good conductors. Copper or aluminum is normally used to conduct electricity in commercial and household systems. (Compare insulator.)

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Example sentences
Admission fare includes a train ride aboard vintage rollick stock with
  historical narrative provided by the conductor.
Outstanding conductor, teacher, and choral scholar capable of inspiring
  advanced and beginning students.
The car was empty and the conductor sat down beside her to put his arm around
  her, and to be a comfort to her.
When you go through a metal detector at the airport with a conductor such as
  keys in your pocket, the alarm goes off.
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