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introduction

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noun in·tro·duc·tion \ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən\

Definition of introduction

  1. 1 :  something that introduces: as a (1) :  a part of a book or treatise preliminary to the main portion (2) :  a preliminary treatise or course of study b :  a short introductory musical passage

  2. 2 :  the act or process of introducing :  the state of being introduced

  3. 3 :  a putting in :  insertion

  4. 4 :  something introduced; specifically :  a new or exotic plant or animal



Examples of introduction in a sentence

  1. the introduction of telephone service to the area

  2. Since its introduction last year, over a million copies of the software have been sold.

  3. the introduction of evidence at the trial

  4. the introduction of a new topic for conversation

  5. the introduction of the bill to Congress

  6. She told the audience, by way of introduction, that the research was completed a year ago.

  7. the introduction of an Asian plant species to America

  8. After a brief introduction, the performer took the stage.



Origin and Etymology of introduction

Middle English introduccioun act of introducing, from Anglo-French introduction, from Latin introduction-, introductio, from introducere


First Known Use: 14th century



INTRODUCTION Defined for Kids

introduction

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noun in·tro·duc·tion \ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən\

Definition of introduction for Students

  1. 1 :  the part of a book that leads up to and explains what will be found in the main part

  2. 2 :  the act of causing a person to meet another person

  3. 3 :  the action of bringing into use, making available, or presenting for consideration or discussion

  4. 4 :  something introduced or added <The plant is a new introduction to the garden.>




Medical Dictionary

introduction

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noun in·tro·duc·tion \ˌin-trə-ˈdək-shən\

Medical Definition of introduction

  1. :  an action of putting in or inserting <introduction of contrast material through the catheter—Scientific American Medicine>

introduce

\-ˈd(y)üs\play transitive verb

introduced

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introducing





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