in·​duc·​tor | \ in-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce inductor (audio) \

Definition of inductor

1 : one that inducts
2a : a part of an electrical apparatus that acts upon another or is itself acted upon by induction

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Recent Examples on the Web At their February board meeting, the directors of New Jersey Transit approved a $3.4 million contract with Hitran for 69 main inductors for the Arrows. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "N.J. Transit’s Most Troubled Trains Are Older Than Many of the Riders," 12 Mar. 2020 The all-star group of inductors for the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class are every bit as glittery as the headliners. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Harry Styles, Brian May, David Byrne, Janelle Monae to Induct 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class," 13 Mar. 2019 Darren Anderton sheepishly climbs onto the stage and is greeted by his inductor, the Tottenham Hotspur physio., "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2012," 23 Oct. 2019 The patent describes how a laser diode can be configured to emit pulses of laser light using a circuit that includes an inductor and a gallium nitride transistor. Mark Harris, Ars Technica, "Vigilante engineer stops Waymo from patenting key lidar technology," 1 Oct. 2018 Bon Jovi's Rock Hall induction belonged to Richie Sambora And while musicians are always the main draw, this year, some of the inductors even stole the show. Nikki Delamotte,, "Fans celebrate the Rock Hall inductions at sold-out simulcast (video)," 14 Apr. 2018 The 33rd annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is slated to take place on Apr. 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio, with inductors to be announced at a later date; the ceremony will be broadcast on HBO as well as SiriusXM. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed," 13 Dec. 2017 Marvelous circuits of prose inductors, resistors and switches simulate ordinary history so nearly as to make readers forget the real thing. Virginia Heffernan, New York Times, "Steven Johnson on How Play Shaped the World," 22 Nov. 2016 Next, disconnect the batteries and then close the switch so that the capacitor discharges through the inductor. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Go Ahead, Connect an Inductor and Capacitor and See What Happens," 11 May 2016

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First Known Use of inductor

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inductor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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in·​duc·​tor | \ in-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce inductor (audio) \

Medical Definition of inductor

: one that inducts especially : organizer sense 2 chordamesoderm acts on embryonic ectoderm as an inductor of neural tissue

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