Webster 1913 Edition
[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
conductorof the will.
One in charge of a public conveyance, as of a railroad train or a street car.
The leader or director of an orchestra or chorus.
A substance or body capable of being a medium for the transmission of certain forces, esp. heat or electricity; specifically, a lightning rod.
A grooved sound or staff used for directing instruments, as lithontriptic forceps, etc.; a director.
the largest conductor of an electrical machine, serving to collect, accumulate, or retain the electricity.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.A leader; a guide; one who goes before or accompanies, and shows the way.
2.A chief; a commander; one who leads an army or a people.
3.A director; a manager.
4.In surgery, an instrument which serves to direct the knife in cutting for the stone, and in laying up sinuses and fistulas; also, a machine to secure a fractured limb.
5.In electrical experiments, any body that receives and communicates electricity; such as metals and moist substances. Bodies which repel it, or into which it will not pass, are called non-conductors. Hence,
6.A metallic rod erected by buildings or in ships, to conduct lightning to the earth or water, and protect the building from its effects.