induction

noun

in·​duc·​tion in-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce induction (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a(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
: 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
4
a
: 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

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of induction was in the 14th century

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Kids Definition

induction

noun
in·​duc·​tion in-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce induction (audio)
1
a
: the act or process of inducting (as into office)
b
: a first experience of something : initiation
c
: the procedure by which a civilian is inducted into military service
2
: reasoning from particular examples to a general conclusion
3
a
: the act of causing or bringing on or about
b
: the process of producing an electrical or magnetic effect through the influence of a nearby magnet, electric current, or electrically charged body

Medical Definition

induction

noun
in·​duc·​tion in-ˈdək-shən How to pronounce induction (audio)
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
3
a
: 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
induct transitive verb

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