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[ak-wi-duhkt] /ˈæk wɪˌdʌkt/
Civil Engineering.
  1. a conduit or artificial channel for conducting water from a distance, usually by means of gravity.
  2. a bridgelike structure that carries a water conduit or canal across a valley or over a river.
Anatomy. a canal or passage through which liquids pass.
Origin of aqueduct
< Medieval Latin aquēductus < Latin aquae ductus a drawing off of water. See aqua, duct Unabridged
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  • They knew what she would find at the aqueduct track—find the world.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • The aqueduct, which had been long destroyed, he renewed, and brought in water through it.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • It is from the aqueduct of yon Moorish mill nearly at the foot of the hill.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • Massive remains of the Claudian aqueduct are to be seen here and there.

  • The course of the aqueduct from Elan to Birmingham was marked by a thin red line.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • He was looking at the names of the other towns that lay on the course of the aqueduct.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • An aqueduct is a leadway or artificial channel for conveying water.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
British Dictionary definitions for aqueduct


a conduit used to convey water over a long distance, either by a tunnel or more usually by a bridge
a structure, usually a bridge, that carries such a conduit or a canal across a valley or river
a channel in an organ or part of the body, esp one that conveys a natural body fluid
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aquaeductus, from aqua water + dūcere to convey
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Word Origin and History for aqueduct

1530s, from Latin aquaeductus "conveyance of water," from aquae, genitive of aqua "water" (see aqua-), + ductus "a leading, conducting," past participle of ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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aqueduct in Medicine

aqueduct aq·ue·duct (āk'wĭ-dŭkt')
A channel or passage in a body part or an organ.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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