- a person who conducts; a leader, guide, director, or manager.
- an employee on a bus, train, or other public conveyance, who is in charge of the conveyance and its passengers, collects fares or tickets, etc.
- a person who directs an orchestra or chorus, communicating to the performers by motions of a baton or the hands his or her interpretation of the music.
- a substance, body, or device that readily conducts heat, electricity, sound, etc.: Copper is a good conductor of electricity.
- lightning rod.
Origin of conductor
Examples from the Web for conductors
So many of the conductors were Irish immigrants that the IRT was colloquially called the “Irish Rapid Transit.”Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years, 100 Facts
February 1, 2013
At a place which I cannot locate our German conductors were exchanged for French conductors.My Double Life
He desired a horse, but his conductors said, in derision, A horse for a heretic!Fox's Book of Martyrs
Both these things the conductors of "The Times" have systematically done.Captains of Industry
Warned by their officers, they laughed; begged by the conductors, they swore.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
Blanka readily gave her consent to any plan that seemed best to her conductors.Manasseh
- an official on a bus who collects fares, checks tickets, etc
- Also called (esp US): director a person who conducts an orchestra, choir, etc
- a person who leads or guides
- US and Canadian a railway official in charge of a train
- a substance, body, or system that conducts electricity, heat, etc
- See lightning conductor
Word Origin and History for conductors
1520s, "one who leads or guides," from Middle French conductour (14c., Old French conduitor), from Latin conductor "one who hires, contractor," in Late Latin "a carrier," from conductus, past participle of conducere (see conduce).
Earlier in same sense was conduitour (early 15c., from Old French conduitor). Meaning "leader of an orchestra or chorus" is from 1784; meaning "one who has charge of passengers and collects fares on a railroad" is 1832, American English. Physics sense of "object or device that passes heat" is from 1745; of electricity from 1737.
- A substance or medium that conducts heat, light, sound, or especially an electric charge.
- An instrument or probe having a groove along which a knife is passed in slitting open a sinus or fistula; a grooved director.
- A material or an object that conducts heat, electricity, light, or sound. Electrical conductors contain electric charges (usually electrons) that are relatively free to move through the material; a voltage applied across the conductor therefore creates an electric current. Insulators (electrical nonconductors) contain no charges that move when subject to a voltage. Compare insulator. See also resistance superconductivity.