induction

noun
in·​duc·​tion | \in-ˈdək-shən \

Definition of induction 

1a : the act or process of inducting (as into office)

b : an initial experience : initiation

c : the formality by which a civilian is inducted into military service

2a(1) : inference of a generalized conclusion from particular instances — compare deduction sense 2a

(2) : a conclusion arrived at by induction

b : mathematical demonstration of the validity of a law concerning all the positive integers by proving that it holds for the integer 1 and that if it holds for an arbitrarily chosen positive integer k, it must hold for the integer k + 1

called also mathematical induction

3 : a preface, prologue, or introductory scene especially of an early English play

4a : the act of bringing forward or adducing something (such as facts or particulars)

b : the act of causing or bringing on or about

c : the process by which an electrical conductor becomes electrified when near a charged body, by which a magnetizable body becomes magnetized when in a magnetic field or in the magnetic flux set up by a magnetomotive force, or by which an electromotive force is produced in a circuit by varying the magnetic field linked with the circuit

d : the inspiration of the fuel-air charge from the carburetor into the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine

e : the process by which the fate of embryonic cells is determined (as by the action of adjacent cells) and morphogenetic differentiation brought about

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Examples of induction in a Sentence

Many people attended the bishop's induction. The induction ceremony was held at a banquet hall. the registration and induction of draftees
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Snell’s revamped kitchen includes an induction cooktop, which offers the safety of no open flame. Brenda Richardson, The Seattle Times, "Design for living: Modifications can remove the obstacles to aging in place," 3 Sep. 2018 The kitchen boasts an induction cooktop, built-in espresso maker, and a fancy-schmancy wine rack. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Chic camper-trailer includes drop-down queen bed," 27 Aug. 2018 Hill will be entered into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame next May at an induction ceremony in Columbus. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Lauren Hill to be inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame 3 years after brain cancer death," 9 Aug. 2018 The large island kitchen includes a seven-burner induction cooktop, double convection ovens, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two dishwashers, a dumbwaiter and glass- front cabinets — designed by architect Jorge Munoz of Munoz and Albin. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Prime Property: Historic Broadacres home designed by architect Birdsall Briscoe," 13 May 2018 The saucier is compatible with induction cooktops, and its long handle stays cool. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "New Pot Has More Room for Hollandaise," 26 Feb. 2018 But his name that evening won’t be mentioned with the others, just at it won’t be recognized 24 hours later when individuals are introduced at Saturday nationally-televised induction. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Pro Football Hall of Fame won't introduce Terrell Owens at Gold Jacket Dinner or induction," 12 July 2018 Cabinets and counters on both sides of the van store cooking supplies, and the galley kitchen includes a microwave, refrigerator, sink, and two-burner induction stove. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 Almost 30 years after his Hall of Fame induction, Bench did not envision this life, solo parent trying to get his kids to expand their tastes beyond chicken fingers, limiting screen time and coordinating sleepovers. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of induction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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induction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of induction

: the formal act or process of placing someone into a new job, position, government office, etc.

: the formal act of making someone a member of the military

medical : the act of giving a pregnant woman special drugs so that she will give birth

induction

noun
in·​duc·​tion | \in-ˈdək-shən \

Kids Definition of induction

1 : the act or process of placing someone in a new job or position induction into the Hall of Fame

2 : the production of an electrical or magnetic effect through the influence of a nearby magnet, electrical current, or electrically charged body

induction

noun
in·​duc·​tion | \in-ˈdək-shən \

Medical Definition of induction 

1 : the act of causing or bringing on or about induction of labor specifically : the establishment of the initial state of anesthesia often with an agent other than that used subsequently to maintain the anesthetic state

2 : the process by which an electrical conductor becomes electrified when near a charged body, by which a magnetizable body becomes magnetized when in a magnetic field or in the magnetic flux set up by a magnetomotive force, or by which an electromotive force is produced in a circuit by varying the magnetic field linked with the circuit

3a : arousal of a part or area (as of the retina) by stimulation of an adjacent part or area

b : the process by which the fate of embryonic cells is determined (as by the action of adjacent cells) and morphogenetic differentiation brought about

Other Words from induction

induct \in-​ˈdəkt \ transitive verb

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