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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Parton's had just as momentous a month as the Mexican Pizza: She was named a member of the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction class, along with Eminem, Lionel Richie, the Eurythmics and more. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 10 May 2022 Before Morris’ induction, his children began learning about the athletic exploits of their father, who was born in 1931 in White City, Kansas. oregonlive, 10 May 2022 Compared with a second group who experienced a happy mood induction, the anxious group showed a greater ability to focus and control their attention during a computerized assessment. Tracy Dennis-tiwary, WSJ, 6 May 2022 The country legend, 76, was announced as a member of this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction class on Wednesday, and despite previously trying to remove herself from the ballot, is ready to move on from any drama. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 5 May 2022 While rare, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction for a Country Music Hall of Fame artist isn't unprecedented. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 The Rock Hall describes its induction categories this way: Performers: Artists who have created music whose originality, impact, and influence has changed the course of rock and roll. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, 4 May 2022 Media coverage this year revolved around Dolly Parton, who initially declined induction before changing her mind. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 4 May 2022 That makes Eminem the only 2022 nominee to make the ballot and earn induction in his first year of eligibility. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of induction

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

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16 May 2022

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“Induction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/induction. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for induction

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 induction (audio) \ transitive verb

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