A conductor is a person who leads either a choir or an orchestra. He or she usually (but not always) also leads the group's rehearsals. A good conductor often displays a combination of competence, respect, sensitivity and authority.

Con*duct"or (?), n. [LL., a carrier, transporter, L., a lessee.]


One who, or that which, conducts; a leader; a commander; a guide; a manager; a director.

Zeal, the blind conductor of the will. Dryden.


One in charge of a public conveyance, as of a railroad train or a street car.

[U. S.]

3. Mus.

The leader or director of an orchestra or chorus.

4. Physics

A substance or body capable of being a medium for the transmission of certain forces, esp. heat or electricity; specifically, a lightning rod.

5. Surg.

A grooved sound or staff used for directing instruments, as lithontriptic forceps, etc.; a director.

6. Arch.

Same as Leader.

Prime conductor Elec., the largest conductor of an electrical machine, serving to collect, accumulate, or retain the electricity.


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