[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. conductivity water,
  2. conductometric titration,
  3. conductor,
  4. conductress,
  5. conductus,
  6. conduplicate,
  7. condylar,
  8. condylar canal,
  9. condylar emissary vein,
  10. condylar fossa

Origin of conduit

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin conductus pipe channel; see conduce, duct Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 for conduit

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

Medicine definitions for conduit


[ kŏndōō-ĭt ]


A channel for the passage of fluids.

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