inductor

noun

in·​duc·​tor in-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce inductor (audio)
1
: one that inducts
2
a
: a part of an electrical apparatus that acts upon another or is itself acted upon by induction
3

Examples of inductor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The voltage pulse passes through the inductor, creating a persistent current in the loop. Anna Herr, IEEE Spectrum, 15 May 2024 But as detailed in the YouTube video, the one bought off eBay only has two inductors, as well as a large electrolytic capacitor, but a lot less circuitry overall. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 9 Nov. 2023 This axial inductor has a number of turns of varnished copper wire wrapped around a ferrite form and soldered to copper leads on its two ends. Eric Schlaepfer, IEEE Spectrum, 14 Jan. 2023 Relationships between these variables led to the classic components of a circuit — resistor, capacitor, inductor — with the exception of one pairing: charge + flux. Steve Volk, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2018 In addition to Rodrigo — who is American — acting as inductor, Canadian musicians Alessia Cara, JP Saxe and Ruby Waters will perform tributes to Morissette during the ceremony, which will be held on Sept. 24 at Toronto's Massey Hall. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2022 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, 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, 13 Mar. 2019 Darren Anderton sheepishly climbs onto the stage and is greeted by his inductor, the Tottenham Hotspur physio. SI.com, 23 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inductor was in 1652

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“Inductor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inductor. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

inductor

noun
in·​duc·​tor in-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce inductor (audio)
1
: one that inducts
2
: a part of an electrical device that acts upon another or is itself acted upon by induction

Medical Definition

inductor

noun
in·​duc·​tor in-ˈdək-tər How to pronounce inductor (audio)
: one that inducts
especially : organizer sense 2
chordamesoderm acts on embryonic ectoderm as an inductor of neural tissue

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