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 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held April 23 at the Phoenician Resort. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Phil Mickelson headlines Arizona Sports Hall of Fame 50th induction class," 8 Sep. 2020 This year’s induction ceremony takes place Nov. 7 and will be broadcast on HBO. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Alabama teacher added to Nine Inch Nails’ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction," 2 Sep. 2020 The induction ceremony for this year’s class on Sept. 26 will be held virtually, and televised on KGW (8) at 7 p.m. oregonlive, "Oregon State greats Craig Hanneman, Rockne Freitas among five inductees into 2020 Oregon Sports Hall of Fame class," 31 Aug. 2020 Cutaneous pharmacologic cAMP induction induces melanization of the skin and improves recovery from ultraviolet injury in melanocortin 1 receptor-intact or heterozygous skin. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "University of Kentucky says DNA researcher engaged in misconduct, falsified data," 29 Aug. 2020 Plans for the induction ceremony have not yet been set. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Texas' new Hall of Honor class features 14 former Longhorns," 26 Aug. 2020 Texas Athletics on Wednesday announced the induction of its 2020 Hall of Honor class. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Jordan Shipley, Jamaal Charles among new Texas Athletics Hall of Honor inductees," 26 Aug. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic forced the induction ceremony to be postponed until May 15, 2021. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Vanessa Bryant pays emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant on what would've been his 42nd birthday," 23 Aug. 2020 Because of the pandemic, the induction ceremony will be held at the Olympic Trials, scheduled for June 2021 at St. Louis. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Olympics notes: Sloan joins gymnastics hall; Purdue's Winger injured," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of induction

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

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“Induction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/induction. Accessed 20 Sep. 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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