Published: May 14, 2017 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Conduit Mean?

A conduit is a channel through which something flows, or a protective enclosure for wires or cables. The word has a general definition and should not be construed as a specialized term. It could refer to pipes, tunnels, casings, or channels, and may be composed of any sort of material suitable for the purpose. Pipes, as conduits that convey fluids, are integral to trenchless technology.


Trenchlesspedia Explains Conduit

The word conduit is of Latin origin. The root word conducere means to join or bring together. It is related to the Latin word ductus, which meant conveyance (of water). The Old French word conduit came to mean water channel or pipe. Today we think of the words conduit, duct, pipe, channel, canal, tube and aqueduct as synonyms.

A conduit can have a variety of uses. A sewer conduit may be a pipe or tunnel that carries waste water from homes and businesses to treatment facilities. Rigid tubes or ducts serve as conduits to protect electrical wires or cables. Any pipe, tube, or channel used in construction might be considered a conduit.

As a general term, conduits may be of any size, shape, or composition.


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