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Duct vs Gaffer - What's the difference?

duct | gaffer |

As nouns the difference between duct and gaffer

is that duct is a pipe, tube or canal which carries gas or liquid from one place to another while gaffer is rubberneck (undesired spectator a scene of crime or accident).

As a verb duct

is to channel something through a duct (or series of ducts).





(en noun)
  • A pipe, tube or canal which carries gas or liquid from one place to another.
  • heating and air-conditioning ducts
  • An enclosure or channel for electrical cable runs.
  • (obsolete) Guidance; direction.
  • otherwise to express His care and love to mankind, viz., in giving and consigning to them His written word for a rule and constant director of life, not leaving them to the duct of their own inclinations. — Henry Hammond.

    Derived terms

    * ductal * ducted * ducting * ductor * duct tape * Mullerian ducts * Wolffian ducts


    (en verb)
  • To channel something through a duct (or series of ducts)
  • gaffer


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) + (-er). The natural lighting on early film sets was adjusted by opening and closing flaps in the tent cloths, called gaff cloths or gaff flaps.


    (en noun)
  • (film) A chief lighting technician for a motion-picture or television production.
  • A glassblower.
  • * 2003 , Jennifer Bosveld, Glass Works (page 18)
  • The apprentice carries a gather of glass on the blowpipe to the gaffer' s bench

    Etymology 2

    Likely a contraction of (godfather), but with the vowels influenced by (grandfather). Compare (etyl) , (etyl) gevatter.


    (en noun)
  • (colloquial) An old man.
  • (British) A foreman.
  • An "Old Gaffer" is a sailor.
  • In Maritime regions "the Little Gaffer" is the baby in the house.
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