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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But being in on a strike, and a free-for-all fight, and a conduit explosion hadn't prepared Auntie to hit the feathers early.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • They have also to be constructed to give a smooth surface to the conduit.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • In building the first 300 ft. of conduit, a commercial cement was used and a progress of 120 lin.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • By this simple operation, the continuity of the conduit is twice broken.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • A council of three men sat in certain rooms, in conduit Street, London.

    An American Politician F. Marion Crawford
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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conduit in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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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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