1. [syn: conductor, music director, director]
2. a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat;
3. the person who collects fares on a public conveyance;
4. a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Conductor \Con*duct"or\ (k[o^]n*d[u^]k"t[~e]r), n. [LL., a
carrier, transporter, L., a lessee.]
1. One who, or that which, conducts; a leader; a commander; a
guide; a manager; a director.
Zeal, the blind conductor of the will. --Dryden.
2. 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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the person who leads a musical group [syn: conductor,
music director, director]
2: a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat
[ant: dielectric, insulator, nonconductor]
3: the person who collects fares on a public conveyance
4: a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
107 Moby Thesaurus words for "conductor":
Kapellmeister, Mahdi, administrator, agent, baggage man, bakehead,
band leader, band major, bandmaster, bell cow, bell mare,
bellwether, bodyguard, born leader, brakeman, brakie, butcher,
cavalier, chaperon, charismatic leader, choirmaster, choragus,
companion, conductance, conduction, conductivity, convoy,
coryphaeus, deputy, dielectric, directeur, director, dispatcher,
driver, drum major, duce, duenna, electric conduction, engineer,
escort, esquire, fellow traveler, file leader, fireman,
footplate man, forerunner, fugleman, functionary, gas conduction,
governor, guard, handler, impresario, inspired leader, insulator,
intendant, ionic conduction, leader, leader of men, lineman,
liquid conduction, manager, manipulator, messiah,
metallic conduction, mho, nonconductor, operant, operative,
operator, orchestra leader, pacemaker, pacesetter, photoconduction,
pilot, porter, precentor, producer, railroad man, railroader,
rector, redcap, responsible person, ringleader, runner,
safe-conduct, semiconductor, shepherd, smoke agent, squire,
standard-bearer, stationmaster, steersman, stoker, supercargo,
superconductivity, superconductor, swain, switchman,
symphonic conductor, torchbearer, trainboy, trainman, trainmaster,
usher, yardman, yardmaster