Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pipe or channel for conveying fluids, such as water.
  • n. A tube or duct for enclosing electric wires or cable.
  • n. A means by which something is transmitted: an arms dealer who served as a conduit for intelligence data.
  • n. Archaic A fountain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pipe or channel for conveying water etc.
  • n. A duct or tube into which electrical cables may be pulled; a type of raceway.
  • n. A means by which something is transmitted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pipe, canal, channel, or passage for conveying water or fluid.
  • n.
  • n. A structure forming a reservoir for water.
  • n. A narrow passage for private communication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lead; conduct; guide.
  • To convey, conduct, or transmit by or as by a conduit.
  • n. Conduct; guidance; escort: in this sense now conduct.
  • n. A medium or means of conveying; anything serving as a channel for passage or transmission.
  • n. A pipe, tube, or other channel for the conveyance of water or other fluid.
  • n. A natural or artificial reservoir or source whence water is distributed; specifically, the former name of fountains built for this purpose.
  • n. A narrow walled passage, usually under ground, for the purpose of secret communication between apartments.
  • n. A form of vocal composition: same as conductus, 1.
  • n. Same as copula, 9.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a passage (a pipe or tunnel) through which water or electric wires can pass

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin conductus, from Latin, past participle of condūcere, to lead together; see conduce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French conduit, from Latin conductus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The concept of separating content from conduit is an old and important one.

    Art Brodsky: The Master Switch by Tim Wu -- a Masterful Guide to Our Internet World

  • This present state of affairs, with the US acting as security conduit, is neither healthy nor sustainable.

    Matthew Yglesias » Bush and Asia

  • We need baby boomers to understand that an effective communication conduit is needed to show how the public benefits from NASA technology ... show why it's important to embark on these journeys.

    Gen Y Participatory Exploration Presentation - NASA Watch

  • I love this idea of this Cablet, a carpet designed by Paul Kogelnig with built-in conduit for passing your cables through, keeping them off the floor.

    - Boing Boing

  • For the pre-mated high-voltage cable that is already installed in conduit that comes on 2500-foot reels, the total cost for the cable AND plowing it in with a cat-mounted cable plow last summer was: $3.02 for the cable + $1.25 to rip (1st run by cat) and then lay the cable (2nd run) = $4.28 per foot; ** IF** you do NOT have to prepare/dig any sections with an excavator.

    Sound Politics: Open Thread On The Storm

  • The “electricians” here never heard of the 360 degree rule, that dictates no more than 360 degrees of bends can be made in conduit between J-boxes.

    Electrical Service

  • I suspect that many of them often pull more wires into a conduit than the conduit is rated for.

    Electrical Service

  • In December, Austria's Bank Medici was identified as a conduit for more than $2 billion in investments in the New York-based Ponzi scheme run by Bernard Madoff.

    A Fraud Probe Startles Austria

  • The proposed changes will put the burden of additional disclosures on both issuers and so-called conduit borrowers, such as a nonprofit hospital which may obtain financing for a project from a local government.

    SEC Votes to Propose New Disclosures on Muni-Markets

  • On a Web site that experts call a conduit for al Qaeda's agenda, a man considered a supporter of the there is group says Al Qaeda will have to support McCain in the election "so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."

    CNN Transcript Oct 22, 2008

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