[kon-dwit, -doo-it, -dyoo-it, -dit]


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

Synonyms for conduit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for conduit

Contemporary Examples of conduit

Historical Examples of conduit

  • That was why my first step was to my old tailor's in Conduit Street.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • This opening connected with a conduit, which ran off towards the sea.

    Rollo in Naples

    Jacob Abbott

  • They have also to be constructed to give a smooth surface to the conduit.

    Concrete Construction

    Halbert P. Gillette

  • I met an old friend to-day at my dressmaker's in Conduit Street.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • By this simple operation, the continuity of the conduit is twice broken.

    Farm drainage

    Henry Flagg French

British Dictionary definitions for conduit



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

conduit in Medicine




A channel for the passage of fluids.
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