Hypertext Webster Gateway: "conduct"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Conduct \Con*duct"\, v. i.
1. To act as a conductor (as of heat, electricity, etc.); to

2. To conduct one's self; to behave. [U. S.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Conduct \Con"duct\ (k[o^]n"d[u^]kt), n. [LL. conductus defense,
escort, fr. L. conductus, p. p. of conducere. See {Conduce},
and cf. {Conduit}.]
1. The act or method of conducting; guidance; management.

Christianity has humanized the conduct of war.

The conduct of the state, the administration of its
affairs. --Ld.

2. Skillful guidance or management; generalship.

Conduct of armies is a prince's art. --Waller.

Attacked the Spaniards . . . with great impetuosity,
but with so little conduct, that his forces were
totally routed. --Robertson.

3. Convoy; escort; guard; guide. [Archaic]

I will be your conduct. --B. Jonson.

In my conduct shall your ladies come. --Shak.

4. That which carries or conveys anything; a channel; a
conduit; an instrument. [Obs.]

Although thou hast been conduct of my shame. --Shak.

5. The manner of guiding or carrying one's self; personal
deportment; mode of action; behavior.

All these difficulties were increased by the conduct
of Shrewsbury. --Macaulay.

What in the conduct of our life appears So well
designed, so luckily begun, But when we have our
wish, we wish undone? --Dryden.

6. Plot; action; construction; manner of development.

The book of Job, in conduct and diction. --Macaulay.

{Conduct money} (Naut.), a portion of a seaman's wages
retained till the end of his engagement, and paid over
only if his conduct has been satisfactory.

Syn: Behavior; carriage; deportment; demeanor; bearing;
management; guidance. See {Behavior}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Conduct \Con*duct"\ (k[o^]n*d[u^]kt"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
{Conducted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Conducting}.] [See {Conduct},
1. To lead, or guide; to escort; to attend.

I can conduct you, lady, to a low But loyal cottage,
where you may be safe. --Milton.

2. To lead, as a commander; to direct; to manage; to carry
on; as, to conduct the affairs of a kingdom.

Little skilled in the art of conducting a siege.

3. To behave; -- with the reflexive; as, he conducted himself

4. (Physics) To serve as a medium for conveying; to transmit,
as heat, light, electricity, etc.

5. (Mus.) To direct, as the leader in the performance of a
musical composition.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: manner of acting or conducting yourself [syn: {behavior}, {behaviour},
2: behavioral attributes [syn: {demeanor}, {demeanour}, {behavior},
{behaviour}, {deportment}]
v 1: direct the course of; manage or control; "You cannot conduct
business like this" [syn: {carry on}, {deal}]
2: lead, as in the performance of a musical composition;
"conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago
symphony for years" [syn: {lead}, {direct}]
3: behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he
bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves
well during these difficult times" [syn: {behave}, {acquit},
{bear}, {deport}, {comport}, {carry}]
4: transmit or serve as the medium for transmission, as of
sounds or images; "Sound carries well over water"; "The
airwaves carry the sound"; "Many metals conduct heat"
[syn: {transmit}, {convey}, {carry}, {channel}]
5: take somebody somewhere; "We lead him to our chief"; "can
you take me to the main entrance?"; "He conducted us to
the palace" [syn: {lead}, {take}, {direct}, {guide}]
6: lead musicians in the performance of; "Bernstein conducted
Mahler like no other conductor"; "she cannot conduct
modern pieces"

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