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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Johnson was on hand for Jones’ induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame last summer. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Might Johnson, Brandt or Novacek get Ring of Honor call before Witten, Ware and Romo?," 18 June 2018 He was suspended for using steroids two days later and has never come close to Hall of Fame induction despite being one of only six players in history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Rafael Palmeiro, 53, smacks his first home run for independent league baseball team," 22 May 2018 The pot heats the food using magnetic induction, then tips to dunk the cooked meal into a bowl. Matt O'brien, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will restaurant robots change the industry or sizzle out?," 4 May 2018 Last month, the estranged couple — who have two adult sons together, Jonathan and Oliver — showed a united front at Ocasek’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland, Ohio. Mariah Haas, PEOPLE.com, "The Cars' Ric Ocasek and Wife Paulina Porizkova Announce Split After 28 Years of Marriage," 3 May 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert Never scored a red-hot ticket to the Rock Hall's annual inductions? Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 2 May 2018 The six songwriters, who are only eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least two decades, will be formally inducted on June 13 in a ceremony held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Missy Elliott Makes History as the First Female Rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame," 12 Jan. 2019 His best hire might have been coach Joe Gibbs, who presented Beathard for induction. Barry Wilner, Fox News, "Ray Lewis urges togetherness, love in Hall of Fame speech," 5 Aug. 2018 Only 29 percent of today’s youth even have the cognitive, physical and legal requirements to be considered for induction, according to the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "Why we should celebrate high school grads signing up to defend us," 17 June 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.
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

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induct \ in-​ˈdəkt How to pronounce induct (audio) \ transitive verb

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