from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who leads by the hand; a leader; a guide; specifically, in medieval music, one who indicated the rhythm to a choir by beating time with his hand or by striking pieces of wood or shell together; a conductor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A conductor; an officer in the ancient church who gave the signal for the choir to sing, and who beat time with the hand, and regulated the music.

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  • noun Catholicism The chief novice in an order.


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From Latin manus (hand) + ductor (leader)


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