induction

/ɪnˈdʌkʃən / (say in'dukshuhn)

noun
1. the act of inducting, bringing about, or causing: induction by the hypnotic state.
2. a bringing forward or adducing, as of facts, evidence, etc.
3. Logic
a. the process of discovering explanations for a set of particular facts, by estimating the weight of observational evidence in favour of a proposition which (usually) asserts something about that entire class of facts.
b. a conclusion reached by this process.
4. Electricity
a. the process by which a body having electrical or magnetic properties produces electromagnetic effects in a neighbouring body without direct contact.
b. self-induction, a tendency of electric currents to resist change.
5. Electronics a process by which an electrical conductor may be charged.
6. (in an internal combustion engine) the process by which the fuel mixture is drawn into a cylinder before the piston moves down.
7. Physiology the process whereby a tissue stimulates or alters other adjacent tissues.
8. the act of inducing; introduction or initiation: *it was an idea that did not require a lengthy process of induction or preparation. –anne summers, 1975.
9. the artificial initiation of labour in pregnancy.
10. formal introduction into an office or benefice; installation.
11. an introductory unit in a literary work; a prelude or scene, independent of the main performance but related to it.
12. Obsolete a preface.
{Middle English, from Latin inductio bringing in}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Induction — • Induction is the conscious mental process by which we pass from the perception of particular phenomena (things and events) to the knowledge of general truths Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Induction     Induction …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • induction — (n.) late 14c., advancement toward the grace of God; also (c.1400) formal installation of a clergyman, from O.Fr. induction (14c.) or directly from L. inductionem (nom. inductio) a leading in, introduction, noun of action from pp. stem of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • induction — [n1] taking in, initiation consecration, draft, entrance, greetings, inaugural, inauguration, installation, instatement, institution, introduction, investiture, ordination, selection; concepts 320,384,685 Ant. blackballing, expulsion, rejection… …   New thesaurus

  • induction — Induction, Suasio, Inductus, huius inductus. L induction d une loy, Induire le cas d une loy à une autre, Ius translatitium. Bud …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • induction — [in duk′shən] n. [OFr < L inductio] 1. an inducting or being inducted; installation, initiation, etc. 2. Archaic an introduction; preface or prelude 3. an inducing, or bringing about 4. a bringing forward of separate facts or instances, esp.… …   English World dictionary

  • induction — induction. См. индукция. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

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