Definition of induction in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈdəkSH(ə)n/


1The action or process of inducting someone to a position or organization: the league’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame
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  • Her faction had been the cause of his induction into the organization and was directly responsible for whether he kept working with Mack and Emma or not.
  • ‘Hazing is to be understood as a form of socialization, or of induction into groups,’ said Young.
  • Vaidya's induction into the bank is part of the ongoing management restructuring at the bank, according to a release.
1.1 [usually as modifier] A formal introduction to a new job or position: an induction course
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  • The CO said this year would see a focus on staff inductions, expectations and education, as well as team activities.
  • As job inductions go, the Lord Mayor's Show is certainly wide-ranging.
  • Workers from all sub-contractors go through site inductions and, most times, have to sign-in every day they are on site.
1.2US Enlistment into military service.
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  • I was still on military time from my induction to government service.
  • Among the Zulu, King Shaka abolished initiation and substituted military induction for males.
  • In the 1960s and early 1970s, inner city youth were targeted for induction into military service.
2The process or action of bringing about or giving rise to something: isolation, starvation, and other forms of stress induction
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  • At 810 nm, on the other hand, the frequency of stress induction was much lower.
  • In addition to their induction by hypoxic stress, they are also found in rapidly growing tissues such as root tips of germinating seeds.
  • In this respect it should be noted that induction of heat-shock proteins can also be triggered by stress factors other than heat.
2.1 Medicine The process of bringing on childbirth or abortion by artificial means, typically by the use of drugs.
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  • Once the fetal demise was diagnosed, pregnancy was terminated by medical induction, such that the products of conception were largely delivered intact.
  • There seems to be a large percentage of inductions and Caesarian deliveries.
  • A recent study indicates that Cytotec labor inductions in women who have had a previous cesarean carry a 28-fold increase in the risk of uterine rupture.
3 Logic The inference of a general law from particular instances. Often contrasted with deduction.
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  • Similarly, there is no deductive proof that induction - inference from past evidence to future occurrences - is valid.
  • The two principal features of Bacon's new method were an emphasis on gradual, progressive inductions, and a method of exclusion.
  • Hans Reichenbach defended it by saying that the only conceivable way we can learn anything about nature is by making inductions from available evidence.
3.1 (induction of) The production of (facts) to prove a general statement.
3.2 (also mathematical induction) Mathematics A means of proving a theorem by showing that if it is true of any particular case, it is true of the next case in a series, and then showing that it is indeed true in one particular case.
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  • Many of the formula on the Fibonacci and Golden Section formulae page can be proved by induction.
  • This result is easy to prove by mathematical induction.
  • The principle of mathematical induction, claimed Poincaré, cannot be logically deduced.
4 Physics The production of an electric or magnetic state by the proximity (without contact) of an electrified or magnetized body. See also magnetic induction.
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  • Other topics he worked on include wave propagation, electrical induction, earthquakes, aeronautics, and the theory of tides.
  • This example illustrates the phenomenon of induction - an electrical charge built up due to the rearrangement of atoms.
  • After all parts are connected, electromagnetic induction will cause stimulation of the cochlear nerve, which allows the patient to perceive sound.
4.1The production of an electric current in a conductor by varying the magnetic field applied to the conductor.
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  • These assumed action at a distance and deduced the mathematical laws for induction of electric currents.
  • According to Faraday's laws of electromagnetic induction, a changing magnetic field can induce electric current to flow in any conductive structure nearby.
  • As this bobbin is such an excellent conductor, the change in the magnetic flux is opposed in the bobbin by the induction of an alternating current.
5The stage of the working cycle of an internal combustion engine in which the fuel mixture is drawn into the cylinders.
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  • In speaking of Newtonian mechanics, he praised it for bringing so much under so few hypotheses, and spoke of it as a ‘consilience of inductions.’


Late Middle English: from Latin inductio(n-), from the verb inducere 'lead into' (see induce).

Words that rhyme with induction

abduction, conduction, construction, deduction, destruction, eduction, effluxion, instruction, introduction, misconstruction, obstruction, production, reduction, ruction, seduction, suction, underproduction

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Syllabification: in·duc·tion

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