• WordNet 3.6
    • v conduct lead, as in the performance of a composition; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years" "conduct an orchestra"
    • v conduct lead musicians in the performance of "Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor","she cannot conduct modern pieces"
    • v conduct take somebody somewhere "We lead him to our chief","can you take me to the main entrance?","He conducted us to the palace"
    • v conduct transmit or serve as the medium for transmission "Sound carries well over water","The airwaves carry the sound","Many metals conduct heat"
    • v conduct direct the course of; manage or control "You cannot conduct business like this"
    • v conduct behave in a certain manner "She carried herself well","he bore himself with dignity","They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
    • n conduct manner of acting or controlling yourself
    • n conduct (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Distinguished Conduct Medal Distinguished Conduct Medal
Considerate Conduct of Scipio Africanus Considerate Conduct of Scipio Africanus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Teflon was accidently discovered by scientist Dr. Roy Plunkett while he was conducting a coolant gas experiment in 1938
    • Conduct Convoy; escort; guard; guide. "I will be your conduct .""In my conduct shall your ladies come."
    • Conduct Plot; action; construction; manner of development. "The book of Job, in conduct and diction."
    • Conduct Skillful guidance or management; generalship. "Conduct of armies is a prince's art.""Attacked the Spaniards . . . with great impetuosity, but with so little conduct , that his forces were totally routed."
    • Conduct That which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a conduit; an instrument. "Although thou hast been conduct of my shame."
    • Conduct The act or method of conducting; guidance; management. "Christianity has humanized the conduct of war.""The conduct of the state, the administration of its affairs."
    • Conduct The manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal deportment; mode of action; behavior. "All these difficulties were increased by the conduct of Shrewsbury.""What in the conduct of our life appears
      So well designed, so luckily begun,
      But when we have our wish, we wish undone?"
    • Conduct To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to carry.
    • Conduct To behave; -- with the reflexive; as, he conducted himself well.
    • Conduct To conduct one's self; to behave.
    • Conduct (Mus) To direct, as the leader in the performance of a musical composition.
    • Conduct To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry on; as, to conduct the affairs of a kingdom. "Little skilled in the art of conducting a siege."
    • Conduct To lead, or guide; to escort; to attend. "I can conduct you, lady, to a low
      But loyal cottage, where you may be safe."
    • Conduct (Physics) To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit, as heat, light, electricity, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a survey conducted in 2000 by Kimberly-Clark, it was found that men prefer to fold their toilet paper, and women like to wad it
    • conduct To accompany and show the way to; guide; escort; lead.
    • conduct To direct; act as leader of. As a commander.
    • conduct As a director of a musical performance. See conductor, 4.
    • conduct To direct the course of; manage; carry on: as, he conducted his affairs with prudence.
    • conduct Reflexively, to direct the action or conduct of; behave: as, he conducted himself nobly.
    • conduct In physics, to carry, convey, transmit, or propagate: as, metal conducts heat better than wood.
    • conduct In physics, to carry, convey, transmit, or propagate motion or energy; especially, to transmit electricity, heat, light, or sound.
    • conduct To act as musical conductor.
    • conduct To behave: used without the reflexive pronoun.
    • n conduct The act of guiding or leading; guidance; escort.
    • n conduct The act of directing or controlling; management; administration.
    • n conduct A drawing out or development, as of the action of a poem or the plot of a drama or a novel.
    • n conduct Skilful management or administration; good generalship; tact and dexterity in affairs; address.
    • n conduct Personal behavior or practice; way of acting generally or on a particular occasion; course of action; deportment: as, laudable conduct; evil conduct.
    • n conduct A conductor, guard, or convoy; an escort.
    • n conduct A passport. See safe-conduct.
    • n conduct That which conveys or carries; a channel; a conduit.
    • n conduct A tax levied by Charles I. of England for the purpose of paying the traveling-expenses of his soldiers. Also conduct-money. See coat-money.
    • conduct Hired; employed: as, “conduct prestis,”
    • n conduct The title of two clergymen appointed to read prayers at Eton College, England; a conductus.
    • n conduct The arrangement and composition of a picture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a study conducted regarding toilet paper usage, Americans are said to use the most toilet paper per trip to the bathroom, which was seven sheets of toilet paper per trip
    • v.t Conduct kon-dukt′ to lead or guide: to convey (water): to direct: to manage: to behave:
    • ns Conduct act or method of leading or managing: guidance: escort: guide: management: behaviour
    • v.t Conduct kon-dukt′ (elect.) to carry or transmit
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  • Korner
    “No scoundrel is so stupid as to not find a reason for his vile conduct.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Man gives every reason for his conduct save one, every excuse for his crimes save one, every plea for his safety save one; and that one is his cowardice.”
  • St. Basil
    St. Basil
    “Let sleep itself be an exercise in piety, for such as our life and conduct have been, so also of necessity will be our dreams.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “There are some frauds so well conducted that it would be stupidity not to be deceived by them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. conductus, defense, escort, fr. L. conductus, p. p. of conducere,. See Conduce, and cf. Conduit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. conductusconducĕre. See Conduce.


In literature:

What was Pitt's conduct at this crisis?
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He had meant to conduct it himself.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The Dutchman and his family were conducted below by the first lieutenant.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
He was conducted to a large hut, which covered about 327 feet in length, and 42 in width.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The end of government, as the end of all conduct, must be the increase of human happiness.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)" by Leslie Stephen
We have seen Byron's sentiments and conduct with regard to this friend.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
A person on the coast of Africa who acts as interpreter to shipmasters, and assists them in conducting the trade.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
On October 11th Luther received the letter of safe-conduct, and the next day he appeared before Cajetan.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
I know a cavern not far from hence, which perhaps in a forty years' search could not be found: I will conduct you there.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
He was at once conducted to Montpellier and executed on the 15th of January, 1690.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles

In poetry:

"I am the way!" he crieth;
"And all who will may come,
I'll pardon their transgression,
And safe conduct them home.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Then all the chosen seed
Shall meet around the throne,
Shall bless the conduct of his grace,
And make his wonders known.
"Hymn 51" by Isaac Watts
Less the stormy water waileth,
E'en the human tumult faileth;
Stars their silent torches light,
To conduct the car of night
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Onward from earth to heaven we go;
And, gently guided, Lord! by Thee,
The path which is begun below
Conducts to immortality.
"We walk" by John Bowring
And then, when many years had flown,
They rose together till
They bought a business of their own -
And they conduct it still.
"Damon vs. Pythias" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Truth conducts the spirit forward,
To the glorious realms above;
Where thy prospects, so inviting,
Pure realities shall prove.
"To Hope" by Elizabeth Bath

In news:

In a story that sounds more like Halloween than health news, Australian researchers are conducting a trial to see if venom from funnel-web spiders and tarantulas can be used to kill breast cancer cells .
On that day, TTA is conducting its annual Food-For-Fares drive.
Kansas State University will conduct a tour of two winter canola production fields in Kingman County on Nov 8 said Mike Stamm, K-State Research and Extension canola breeder.
Feeding canola meal as 60% of the crude protein component in high-group rations containing corn distillers dried grain (DDGS) proved to be the optimal level, according to research conducted by the University of California-Davis (UC-Davis).
Updated Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012, at 1:23 p.m. Canvassing of Sedgwick County's general election results will be conducted Thursday and Friday.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Crosby and Floyd counties will conduct their Caprock Crop Production Conference from 7 a.m.-5 pm Jan 24 at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center.
Critic's Notebook: The riveting stage presence of the L.A. Philharmonic's Gustavo Dudamel makes for great theater as he masterfully illuminates the enigma of conducting.
0 Gustavo Dudamel conducting the L.A. Ho, Los Angeles Times / October 4, 2012 ).
On Monday, Garfield County commissioners conducted a multi-hour public hearing that lasted well into the night.
The CIA is reviewing David Petraeus "general conduct," an official says.
South Korea says the images suggest the North is ready to conduct the test at any time.
On Thursday, Muckle said Safeway's human resources department had conducted an investigation, which resulted in the cashier 's termination.
Erin Riley Camp takes a look at the issue of hydraulic fracturing, and the many ongoing studies being conducted on the safety of the practice.
It attributed the increase to "geological exploration" conducted this year.
Interview conducted by Anna Azvolinsky, PhD 1Duke Cancer Institute, North Carolina 2Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute.

In science:

Note that this ‘metal-insulator’ transition has the curious feature that the quantum critical points separating the conducting phase from the insulating phase have the same T = 0 transport properties as the conducting phase.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
For the thermal conductivity the Wiedemann–Franz law is a usual basis on which the separation of the electronic and lattice contribution to the experimental thermal conductivity is made, whence for comparing experimental and theoretical data.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
As typical results of our simulations, Fig. 3 shows the conductance versus Fermi energy, measured from the conduction-band edge in InxGa1−xAs, in the absence of applied field.
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
Two prominent examples are the Arrhenius temperature dependence of the DC-conductivity and the fact that AC-conductivity data for different temperatures can be scaled onto a single master curve.
Simple Lattice-Models of Ion Conduction: Counter Ion Model vs. Random Energy Model
The resistance R being the inverse of the conductance can be represented by 1/Sn where Sn is the sum of n independent conductances.
Broad distribution effects in sums of lognormal random variables