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 : 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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Recent Examples on the Web This year the Center again broke the mold with the induction of the first-ever TV show—Sesame Street. Cathy Applefeld Olson, Billboard, "Earth, Wind & Fire Becomes First African-American Group Inducted Into Kennedy Center Honors," 9 Dec. 2019 Scheduled to perform at the induction are David and Anna Givens, the Otis Taylor Band, Freddi Gowdy and members of the Freddi Henchi Band backed by Chris Daniels & The Kings, and the Tommy Bolin Tribute Band. Amy Bounds, The Denver Post, "Boulder music journalist Wendy Kale to be posthumously inducted in Colorado Music Hall of Fame," 22 Oct. 2019 The induction is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at American Legion Gold Star Post 191. Carroll County Times Staff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Mount Airy Hall of Fame soliciting nominations," 9 Oct. 2019 Other interesting visitors to Nippert Stadium Saturday included Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who was in town for the induction of UC's 2009 team into the school's athletic Hall of Fame. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Some Greater Cincinnati prep athletes make early commitments before signing day," 4 Oct. 2019 Stevie Ray's brother Jimmie accepted the induction on his behalf. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Happy birthday to the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan," 3 Oct. 2019 The induction will take place at noon on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Mt. Washington Conference Center, 5801 Smith Avenue. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Blast to open MASL season on Nov. 22 against Utica City; Maryland Swimming Hall of Fame announces class," 1 Oct. 2019 And the surviving members of the Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, reunited and took the stage in Cleveland during Starr’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "2015, OSU wins championship, Kasich launches presidential run: Biggest stories of the 2010s," 22 Dec. 2019 He will be honored Jan. 17, at 2019 National Quarterback Club’s annual awards dinner and hall of fame induction in Phoenix, Arizona. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Alabama signee named nation’s top HS quarterback," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of induction

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

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“Induction.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/induction. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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induction

noun
How to pronounce induction (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of induction

: the formal act or process of placing someone into a new job, position, government office, etc.
US : 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 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 induct (audio) \ transitive verb

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