Origin of ducting

First recorded in 1940–45; duct + -ing1


  1. any tube, canal, pipe, or conduit by which a fluid, air, or other substance is conducted or conveyed.
  2. Anatomy, Zoology. a tube, canal, or vessel conveying a body fluid, especially a glandular secretion or excretion.
  3. Botany. a cavity or vessel formed by elongated cells or by many cells.
  4. Electricity. a single enclosed runway for conductors or cables.
  5. Printing. (in a press) the reservoir for ink.
verb (used with object)
  1. to convey or channel by means of a duct or ducts: Heat from the oven is ducted to the outside.

Origin of duct

1640–50; < Latin ductus conveyance (of water), hence channel (in ML), equivalent to duc- (variant stem of dūcere to lead) + -tus suffix of verbal action
Related formsduct·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ducting


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

Word Origin for duct

C17: from Latin ductus a leading (in Medieval Latin: aqueduct), from dūcere to lead
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Word Origin and History for ducting



1640s, "course, direction," from Latin ductus "a leading," past participle of ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Anatomical sense is from 1660s. Meaning "conduit, channel" is 1713; that of "air tube in a structure" is from 1884.

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ducting in Medicine


  1. A tubular bodily canal or passage, especially one for carrying a glandular secretion such as bile.
Related formsduct•al adj.
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ducting in Science


  1. 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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