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A heat conductor is something which is could at transferring heat. Think of a metal spoon in a pan of boiling water. The spoon feels hot because the metal is good at transferring the heat to your hand.

On the other hand, an insulator is something which is bad at transferring heat. They can be used either to keep heat in, or to keep it out. For instance, because air is a good insulator, hot water tanks often are covered in foam, which traps air, which helps to keep the heat in.

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