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[kon-dwit, -doo-it, -dyoo-it, -dit] /ˈkɒn dwɪt, -du ɪt, -dyu ɪt, -dɪt/
a pipe, tube, or the like, for conveying water or other fluid.
a similar natural passage.
Electricity. a structure containing one or more ducts.
Archaic. a fountain.
Origin of conduit
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin conductus pipe channel; see conduce, duct
1. duct, main, channel. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conduit
  • 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.
  • Then while they were feasting, she let in the river upon them by a secret conduit of large size.
  • In both new designs, researchers created an information conduit-a bus-from a squiggly wire between two such loops of aluminum.
  • Take the example of the flow of a fluid in some conduit.
  • He used the femoral-to-aorta-to-coronary conduit to slip a tiny balloon into a patient's partially blocked coronary artery.
  • Intubation is the rescue of the airway, the life-giving conduit between atmosphere and lung.
  • When all goes according to plan, the new conduit then seals off the aneurysm from the circulation.
British Dictionary definitions for conduit


/ˈkɒndɪt; -djʊɪt/
a pipe or channel for carrying a fluid
a rigid tube or duct for carrying and protecting electrical wires or cables
an agency or means of access, communication, etc
(botany) a water-transporting element in a plant; a xylem vessel or a tracheid
a rare word for fountain
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin conductus channel, aqueduct, from Latin condūcere to lead, conduce
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Word Origin and History for conduit

c.1300, conduyt, from Old French conduit (12c.) "escort, protection; pipe, channel," from Latin conductus "a leading, a pipe" (see conduct). A doublet of conduct, differentiated in meaning from 15c.

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conduit in Medicine

conduit con·duit (kŏn'dōō-ĭt)
A channel for the passage of fluids.

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conduit in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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