conductor

Definitions

  • Music conductor
    Music conductor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n conductor a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
    • n conductor the person who leads a musical group
    • n conductor the person who collects fares on a public conveyance
    • n conductor a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In November 1999, two women were killed by a lightning bolt. The underwire located in their bras acted as a electrical conductors, and when the lightning bolt hit the bra they left burn marks on their chest
    • Conductor (Surg) A grooved sound or staff used for directing instruments, as lithontriptic forceps, etc.; a director.
    • Conductor (Physics) A substance or body capable of being a medium for the transmission of certain forces, esp. heat or electricity; specifically, a lightning rod.
    • Conductor One in charge of a public conveyance, as of a railroad train or a street car.
    • Conductor One who, or that which, conducts; a leader; a commander; a guide; a manager; a director. "Zeal, the blind conductor of the will."
    • Conductor (Arch) Same as Leader.
    • Conductor (Mus) The leader or director of an orchestra or chorus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Carnegie Hall in New York City opened in 1891 with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor.
    • n conductor One who conducts or escorts; one who goes before or accompanies and shows the way; a leader; a guide.
    • n conductor Specifically A chief; a commander; one who leads an army.
    • n conductor A director or manager in general; a regulator.
    • n conductor The director of a chorus or an orchestra; one who indicates to the performers the rhythm and the expression of a piece of concerted music by means of motions of the hands or of a baton. The office of conductor in the modern sense was not clearly distinguished from that of leader until about 1800; formerly the leader played an instrument, usually the harpsichord.
    • n conductor The chief official on a railroad-train, who directs, and is responsible for the execution of orders concerning, the movements of the train, and usually collects tickets or fares; hence, one who performs similar duties on a street-car, etc. The duties of the guard on European railways are similar, but less comprehensive.
    • n conductor That which conducts or transmits in any manner; specifically, in physics, a body that conducts or transmits through its substance energy in any of its forms: as, metals are conductors of electricity and of heat; water is a good conductor of sound. See conductivity.
    • n conductor Hence A lightning-rod.
    • n conductor In surgery, an instrument formerly used in the high operation for stone in the bladder.
    • conductor Specifically, in electricity, a substance through which electric currents can flow. Metals are the best conductors; glass, rubber, air, etc., are very poor conductors. The following divisions may be made: Conductors of the first class, or metallic conductors, as the metals, carbon, silicon, etc., which, except that they are heated, are not affected by the current.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Streetcar conductors, taxi drivers, and business executives have the highest statistical chance of getting peptic ulcers.
    • Conductor the person or thing that conducts: a leader: a manager: a leader of an orchestra: one in charge of a bus, &c.: that which has the property of transmitting electricity, heat, &c
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Quotations

  • Minnie Fiske
    Minnie Fiske
    “The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.”
  • George Szell
    George Szell
    “Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.”
  • Leonard Bernstein
    Leonard Bernstein
    “Technique is communication: the two words are synonymous in conductors.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL., a carrier, transporter, L., a lessee
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conductusconducĕre. See Conduce.

Usage

In literature:

It conserves the heat in the food, by surrounding it with substances which are poor conductors of heat.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
Conductor O'Brien looked embarrassed.
"The Daughter of a Magnate" by Frank H. Spearman
But it is the neighborhood of a good conductor, not a sheltering non-conductor, that affords safety.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
His woe-begone looks were angrily bent on his conductors.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
And then I like to see them change horses, and to see the conductor climb up and down.
"Rollo in Geneva" by Jacob Abbott
One conductor has promised us at least seventy-five pups, but he has always failed to get us to take one.
"Peck's Sunshine Being a Collection of Articles Written for Peck's Sun, Milwaukee, Wis. - 1882" by George W. Peck
He turned to the conductor, who met his glance with the look of one who thirsts to talk.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
The teacher gives the terms "good conductor" and "poor conductor".
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Hear the conductor calling?
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
That was what Toddles called his beady-eyed conductor in retaliation.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Here Bonivon's conductor halted, and, opening the door, signed to the captain to enter.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
Hardly had she disappeared before the conductor pulled the check-rope, and the train began to move.
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins
Dunkirt, the conductor, helped him up.
"The Rover Boys in Alaska" by Arthur M. Winfield
But what is the reason that some bodies are better conductors of heat than others?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The conductor was a big fat man; he was awful nice.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
There is another dilemma, extremely troublesome for a conductor, and demanding all his presence of mind.
"The Orchestral Conductor" by Hector Berlioz
The conductor won't trouble you as he'll be put to sleep.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
The Crosspatch Conductor swung himself up after her.
"Glory and the Other Girl" by Annie Hamilton Donnell
There's the signal from the conductor.
"Ralph on the Engine" by Allen Chapman
For a last time, the conductor scrutinized old Sammy.
"The Blind Man's Eyes" by William MacHarg
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In poetry:

One day a kind ov judgment come,
The lightnin'-rod conductor
Got broke--the fluid struck his aunt,
An' in the root-house chuck'd her.
It laid her up for quite a while,
An' the judgment made the neighbors smile.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Oct 13, 2012 Vladimir Jurowski, conductor Arabella Steinbacher, violin.
The Houston Symphony and conductor Hans Graf presented an all- Shostakovich evening for their evening at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hal on May 7, 2012.
It was a highly charged notion to begin with, from the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev (who is nothing if not highly charged).
On Friday evening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music the Brooklyn Philharmonic under their conductor, Robert Spano, dredged up from relative obscurity Shostakovich 's "Leningrad" Symphony, once so mighty a vessel.
Conductor Gustavo Dudamel is expected to lend his musical talent to a new movie about the life of Simón Bolívar , which will star.
Motets John Eliot Gardiner, conductor.
Houston conductor Subbaraman named Skylight Theatre's artistic director.
Houston conductor Viswa Subbaraman will be the Skylight Music Theatre's next artistic director.
Solder the red conductor to the center pin soldering point and allow the solder joint to cool.
The Phoenix Symphony Continues A Season of Exciting Guest Conductors.
Pianist and conductor, Ignat Solzhenitsyn , grew up in Cavendish Vermont, coming to the town after his father, Nobel Prize-winning writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn , was exiled from the Soviet Union.
( Phoenix, AZ ) Sterling Beeaff interviews Phoenix Symphony guest conductor Keith Brion about the band concerts and the music of John Philip Sousa .
Conductor, Stéphane Denève, is incredibly excited to be making his Tanglewood debut this week - and reasonably excited to be on our show again.
When the French conductor Stéphane Denève made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony two years ago, he proved most effective in French music.
He is among the most sought-after young conductors in the world.
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In science:

Hall constant in quasi-one dimensional conductors described by a band picture , (iv) good accord with RH for ladder systems calculated using the numerical method proposed in .
Reactive Hall response
At T  T c the fluctuations of unbind electrons with energy higher than Fermi one under the influence of factors (1 - 8) are random (noise-like) and no selected order of fluctuations in normal conductors exists.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
Electric current in normal conductors at external voltage should dissipate due to fluctuations and energy exchange of the electrons with lattice determined by factors (1 - 8).
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
But their contribution in regular conductors at T  T c is very small.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The interaction of e-effectons, having nonzero external momentum, with lattice is responsible for electric resistance in regular conductors.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
We assume that superconductivity can originate only when the fraction of unbind coherent electrons, forming primary e-effectons and polyeffectons in certain regions of conductor, strongly prevails over the fraction of noncoherent secondary electron’s effectons.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
The RS phase and the RS critical points separating it from the IAF phase are thus unusual spin conductors.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Further motivation for considering precisely random incidence matrices comes from several systems in condensed matter physics, a good example being conductors with impurities.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Then some delocalized states appear and the sample is a conductor.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
Consider a neutron star of radius Rs and surface magnetic field Bs as a perfect conductor.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
We now discuss two applications of the structure of the core: the first one to the conductor-insulator transitions in random graphs and the second one to combinatorial optimization problems.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Golinelli, Exactly solvable model with two conductor-insulator transitions driven by impurities, Phys.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
In this note we compute the functional derivative of the induced charge density, on a thin conductor, consisting of the union of g + 1 disjoint intervals, J := ∪g+1 j=1 (aj , bj ), with respect to an external potential.
Eigenvalue correlations on Hyperelliptic Riemann surfaces
So in the absence of the external field, A/2 is entirely determined by the end points of the conductor.
Eigenvalue correlations on Hyperelliptic Riemann surfaces
The role of Coulomb interaction between the mobile particles in ionic conductors is still under debate.
Simple Lattice-Models of Ion Conduction: Counter Ion Model vs. Random Energy Model
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