conductivity

[ kon-duhk-tiv-i-tee ]
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noun,plural con·duc·tiv·i·ties.
  1. Physics. the property or power of conducting heat, electricity, or sound.

  2. Also called spe·cif·ic con·duct·ance [spi-sif-ik kuhn-duhk-tuhns] /spɪˈsɪf ɪk kənˈdʌk təns/ .Electricity. a measure of the ability of a given substance to conduct electric current, equal to the reciprocal of the resistance of the substance. Symbol: σ

Origin of conductivity

1
First recorded in 1830–40; conductive + -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for conductivity

conductivity

/ (ˌkɒndʌkˈtɪvɪtɪ) /


nounplural -ties
  1. Also called: conduction the property of transmitting heat, electricity, or sound

  2. : Symbol: κ

    • a measure of the ability of a substance to conduct electricity; the reciprocal of resistivity

    • in the case of a solution, the electrolytic conductivity is the current density divided by the electric field strength, measured in siemens per metre: Formerly called: specific conductance

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Scientific definitions for conductivity

conductivity

[ kŏn′dŭk-tĭvĭ-tē ]


  1. The ability to transfer heat, electricity, or sound by conduction.

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