induction

noun
in·​duc·​tion | \ in-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce induction (audio) \

Definition of induction

1a : the act or process of inducting (as into office)
b : the formality by which a civilian is inducted into military service
c : an initial experience : initiation
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

3a : 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
b : the inspiration of the fuel-air charge from the carburetor into the combustion chamber of an internal combustion engine
c : the process by which the fate of embryonic cells is determined (as by the action of adjacent cells) and morphogenetic differentiation brought about
4a : the act of bringing forward or adducing something (such as facts or particulars)
b : the act of causing or bringing on or about
5 : a preface, prologue, or introductory scene especially of an early English play

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The first, called induction, is designed to kill leukemia cells in the blood and bone marrow and get blood cell counts back to normal. Barbara Brody, Health.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Jeter and his wife share daughters Story, 2, and Bella, 4, who wore matching dresses and blue bows in their hair to attend their dad's induction. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 8 Sep. 2021 But like awards given to broadcasters and writers, the Buck O’Neil Award has no induction. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 The induction banquet in October will be held at the Celeste Hotel at the UCF campus. Jason Beede, orlandosentinel.com, 7 Sep. 2021 In addition, providing opportunities for multiple, interactive sessions on induction topics and with various colleagues also helps the new hire gain perspective and get a better sense of the company culture. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 The induction luncheon is 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Holiday Inn in Independence. Marc Bona, cleveland, 28 Aug. 2021 Andre’s 2,256 career points – enough to win him induction into Tech’s first Ring of Honor class in 2019 — was undoubtedly the result of player and prodding. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2021 The Everly Brothers' honors included a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 1997 and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021

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

induction

noun
in·​duc·​tion | \ in-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce induction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce induction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce induction (audio) \ transitive verb

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