inductance

noun

in·​duc·​tance in-ˈdək-tən(t)s How to pronounce inductance (audio)
1
a
: a property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it by a variation of current either in the circuit itself or in a neighboring circuit
b
: the measure of this property that is equal to the ratio of the induced electromotive force to the rate of change of the inducing current
2
: a circuit or a device possessing inductance

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Muzzle-velocity testing was done at Federal’s factory through a coil of inductance sensors with a 30-inch test barrel under SAAMI specifications. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 8 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of inductance was in 1886

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“Inductance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inductance. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

inductance

noun

in·​duc·​tance in-ˈdək-tən(t)s How to pronounce inductance (audio)
1
a
: a property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it by a variation of current either in the circuit itself or in a neighboring circuit
b
: the measure of this property that is equal to the ratio of the induced electromotive force to the rate of change of the inducing current
2
: a circuit or a device possessing inductance

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