Aqueduct Aq"ue*duct, n. [F. aqueduc, OF. aqueduct (Cotgr.), fr. L. aquaeductus; aquae, gen. of aqua water + ductus a leading, ducere to lead. See {Aqua}, {Duke}.] 1. A conductor, conduit, or artificial channel for conveying water, especially one for supplying large cities with water. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term is also applied to a structure (similar to the ancient aqueducts), for conveying a canal over a river or hollow; more properly called an aqueduct bridge. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) A canal or passage; as, the aqueduct of Sylvius, a channel connecting the third and fourth ventricles of the brain. [1913 Webster]

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  • aqueduct — (n.) 1530s, from L. aquaeductus conveyance of water, from aquae, gen. of aqua water (see AQUA (Cf. aqua )), + ductus a leading, conducting, pp. of ducere to lead (see DUKE (Cf. duke) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • aqueduct — *channel, canal, conduit, duct …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • aqueduct — [n] canal channel, conduit, course, duct, pipeline, water passage, waterworks; concept 514 …   New thesaurus

  • aqueduct — ► NOUN ▪ a long channel or elevated bridge like structure, used for channelling water over a distance. ORIGIN from Latin aquae ductus conduit …   English terms dictionary

  • aqueduct — [ak′wə dukt΄] n. [L aquaeductus < aquae, gen. of aqua, water + ductus: see DUCT] 1. a large pipe or conduit made for bringing water from a distant source 2. a bridgelike structure for carrying a water conduit or canal across a river or valley… …   English World dictionary

  • Aqueduct — An aqueduct is an artificial channel that is constructed to convey water from one location to another. The word is derived from the Latin aqua , water, and ducere ( to lead ). The word is also used for any bridge that carries water, similar to… …   Wikipedia

  • aqueduct — /ak wi dukt /, n. 1. Civ. Eng. a. a conduit or artificial channel for conducting water from a distance, usually by means of gravity. b. a bridgelike structure that carries a water conduit or canal across a valley or over a river. 2. Anat. a canal …   Universalium

  • aqueduct — A conduit or canal. SYN: aqueductus. [L. aquaeductus] cerebral a. an ependyma lined canal in the mesencephalon about 20 mm long, connecting the third to the fourth ventricle. SYN: aqueductus mesencephali [TA], aqueductus cerebri, a. of cerebrum,… …   Medical dictionary

  • aqueduct — [[t]æ̱kwɪdʌkt[/t]] aqueducts 1) N COUNT An aqueduct is a long bridge with many arches, which carries a water supply or a canal over a valley. old Roman aqueduct. 2) N COUNT An aqueduct is a large pipe or canal which carries a water supply… …   English dictionary

  • aqueduct — n. (in anatomy) a canal containing fluid. For example, the aqueduct of the midbrain (cerebral aqueduct, aqueduct of Sylvius) connects the third and fourth ventricles …   The new mediacal dictionary

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