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 But Lipar works around the obstacles, using countertop induction units instead of gas burners, for example. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year past winners," 9 Feb. 2020 In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame voted to ban those on the permanently ineligible list from induction; a move aimed squarely at Rose. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "Trump says Pete Rose should be in Baseball Hall of Fame," 9 Feb. 2020 The kitchen is really just a series of induction burners and a minuscule prep counter, with all the cooking happening in plain sight. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "I Picked Up My Life and Moved Just to Be Closer to This Brooklyn Dumpling Spot," 7 Feb. 2020 The seven-time Cy Young Award winner, whose slam-dunk Hall of Fame induction was derailed by accusations of PED use, garnered his highest percentage of the writers’ vote yet last month, 61 percent, in his eighth of 10 years of eligibility. Michael Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, "Roger Clemens was ‘paranoid’ about sign stealing when he played," 7 Feb. 2020 The Hall of Fame induction luncheon will be held at the museum at 11 a.m. the next day. Dallas News, "Black History Month events abundant around Dallas throughout February," 5 Feb. 2020 After refusing induction into the U.S. Army in 1967 for religious reasons, he was barred from boxing for three years. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "This Black History Month, we honor 29 African American history makers from Kentucky," 3 Feb. 2020 Most—like Le Creuset, which has been on the market since 1925—are safe to use on all types of cooktops, including induction. Ashley Leath, Country Living, "What Is a Dutch Oven and How Do I Use It?," 3 Feb. 2020 Maroon 5, which headlined last year’s halftime show, tuned up for it by appearing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s induction concert the previous August. Washington Post, "From marching bands to The Boss to Lady Gaga at halftime," 30 Jan. 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?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=i&file=induct04. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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