conduit

[kon-dwit, -doo-it, -dyoo-it, -dit]
noun
1.
a pipe, tube, or the like, for conveying water or other fluid.
2.
a similar natural passage.
3.
Electricity. a structure containing one or more ducts.
4.
Archaic. a fountain.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin conductus pipe channel; see conduce, duct


1. duct, main, channel.
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conduit (ˈkɒndɪt, -djʊɪt)
 
n
1.  a pipe or channel for carrying a fluid
2.  a rigid tube or duct for carrying and protecting electrical wires or cables
3.  an agency or means of access, communication, etc
4.  botany a water-transporting element in a plant; a xylem vessel or a tracheid
5.  a rare word for fountain
 
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin conductus channel, aqueduct, from Latin condūcere to lead, conduce]

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conduit
c.1300, from O.Fr. conduit, from L. conductus "a leading, a pipe" (see conduct).
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conduit con·duit (kŏn'dōō-ĭt)
n.
A channel for the passage of fluids.

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Conduit definition


a water-course or channel (Job 38:25). The "conduit of the upper pool" (Isa. 7:3) was formed by Hezekiah for the purpose of conveying the waters from the upper pool in the valley of Gihon to the west side of the city of David (2 Kings 18:17; 20:20; 2 Chr. 32:30). In carrying out this work he stopped "the waters of the fountains which were without the city" i.e., "the upper water-course of Gihon", and conveyed it down from the west through a canal into the city, so that in case of a siege the inhabitants of the city might have a supply of water, which would thus be withdrawn from the enemy. (See SILOAM.) There are also the remains of a conduit which conducted water from the so-called "Pools of Solomon," beyond Bethlehem, into the city. Water is still conveyed into the city from the fountains which supplied these pools by a channel which crosses the valley of Hinnom.

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Example sentences
Electrical conduit should run inside the counter, rather than through the block
  cells, wherever possible.
He likes remaining a more or less anonymous conduit.
Never let human resources be the main conduit of information between you and
  the hiring manager.
The rootlets on the ivy stems can infiltrate the mortar between the bricks,
  providing a conduit for moisture.
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