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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conductor mean? 

  The noun CONDUCTOR has 4 senses:

1. the person who leads a musical group
2. a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
3. a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat
4. the person who collects fares on a public conveyance

  Familiarity information: CONDUCTOR used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1conductor [BACK TO TOP]


The person who leads a musical group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


conductor; music director; director

Hypernyms ("conductor" is a kind of...):

musician (artist who composes or conducts music as a profession)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conductor"):

drum majorette; majorette (a female drum major)

drum major (the leader of a marching band or drum corps)

bandmaster (the conductor of a band)

bandleader (the leader of a dance band)

Instance hyponyms:

Sir Henry Joseph Wood; Sir Henry Wood; Wood (English conductor (1869-1944))

Baron Karl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weber; Carl Maria von Weber; Weber (German conductor and composer of romantic operas (1786-1826))

Bruno Walter; Walter (German conductor (1876-1962))

Arturo Toscanini; Toscanini (Italian conductor of many orchestras worldwide (1867-1957))

George Szell; Szell (United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1897-1970))

Leopold Antoni Stanislaw Stokowski; Leopold Stokowski; Stokowski (United States conductor (born in Britain) (1882-1977))

Ozawa; Seiji Ozawa (United States conductor (born in Japan in 1935))

Eugene Ormandy; Ormandy (United States conductor (born in Hungary) (1899-1985))

Gustav Mahler; Mahler (Austrian composer and conductor (1860-1911))

Bernstein; Leonard Bernstein (United States conductor and composer (1918-1990))

Benjamin Britten; Britten; Edward Benjamin Britten; Lord Britten of Aldeburgh (major English composer of the 20th century; noted for his operas (1913-1976))

Arthur Fiedler; Fiedler (popular United States conductor (1894-1979))

Hindemith; Paul Hindemith (German neoclassical composer and conductor who believed that music should have a social purpose (1895-1963))

Koussevitzky; Serge Koussevitzky; Sergei Aleksandrovich Koussevitzky (United States conductor (born in Russia) who was noted for performing the works of contemporary composers (1874-1951))

Constant Lambert; Lambert; Leonard Constant Lambert (English composer and conductor (1905-1951))

Sense 2conductor [BACK TO TOP]


A device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("conductor" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conductor"):

bus; busbar (an electrical conductor that makes a common connection between several circuits)

conducting wire; wire (a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance)

wave guide; waveguide (a hollow metal conductor that provides a path to guide microwaves; used in radar)

bypass; electrical shunt; shunt (a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current)

semiconductor; semiconductor device; semiconductor unit (a conductor made with semiconducting material)

lightning conductor; lightning rod (a metallic conductor that is attached to a high point and leads to the ground; protects the building from destruction by lightning)

heat sink (a metal conductor specially designed to conduct (and radiate) heat)

electrode (a conductor used to make electrical contact with some part of a circuit)

cord; electric cord (a light insulated conductor for household use)

cable; line; transmission line (a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power)

Sense 3conductor [BACK TO TOP]


A substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("conductor" is a kind of...):

material; stuff (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conductor"):

atomic number 29; copper; Cu (a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor)

Ag; atomic number 47; silver (a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography)

semiconducting material; semiconductor (a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities)


insulator (a material such as glass or porcelain with negligible electrical or thermal conductivity)

Sense 4conductor [BACK TO TOP]


The person who collects fares on a public conveyance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("conductor" is a kind of...):

accumulator; collector; gatherer (a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conductor"):

conductress (a woman conductor)

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