duct

[ duhkt ]
/ dʌkt /

noun

any tube, canal, pipe, or conduit by which a fluid, air, or other substance is conducted or conveyed.
Anatomy, Zoology. a tube, canal, or vessel conveying a body fluid, especially a glandular secretion or excretion.
Botany. a cavity or vessel formed by elongated cells or by many cells.
Electricity. a single enclosed runway for conductors or cables.
Printing. (in a press) the reservoir for ink.

verb (used with object)

to convey or channel by means of a duct or ducts: Heat from the oven is ducted to the outside.

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Origin of duct

First recorded in 1640–50; from Latin ductus “conveyance (of water),” hence “channel” (in Medieval Latin ), equivalent to duc- (variant stem of dūcere “to lead”) + -tus suffix of verbal action

OTHER WORDS FROM duct

ductless, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for duct

duct
/ (dʌkt) /

noun

a tube, pipe, or canal by means of which a substance, esp a fluid or gas, is conveyed
any bodily passage, esp one conveying secretions or excretions
a narrow tubular cavity in plants, often containing resin or some other substance
Also called: conduit a channel or pipe carrying electric cable or wires
a passage through which air can flow, as in air conditioning
the ink reservoir in a printing press

Derived forms of duct

ductless, adjective

Word Origin for duct

C17: from Latin ductus a leading (in Medieval Latin: aqueduct), from dūcere to lead
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Medical definitions for duct

duct
[ dŭkt ]

n.

A tubular bodily canal or passage, especially one for carrying a glandular secretion such as bile.

Other words from duct

duct•al adj.
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Scientific definitions for duct

duct
[ dŭkt ]

A tube or tubelike structure through which something flows, especially a tube in the body for carrying a fluid secreted that is by a gland.
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