Definitions for inductionɪnˈdʌk ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the act of inducing.
formal installation in an office, benefice, or the like.
(in logic) any form of reasoning in which the conclusion, though supported by the premises, does not follow from them necessarily. the process of estimating the validity of observations of part of a class of facts as evidence for a proposition about the whole class. a conclusion reached by this process.
Ref: Compare deduction (def. 5). 5
a presentation or bringing forward, as of facts or evidence.
the process by which a body having electric or magnetic properties produces magnetism, an electric charge, or an electromotive force in a neighboring body without visible contact.
Category: Electricity and Magnetism
the process or principle by which one part of an embryo influences the differentiation of another part.
Category: Developmental Biology
Biochem. the synthesis of an enzyme in response to an increased concentration of its substrate in the cell.
Archaic. a preface.
Origin of induction:
1350–1400; ME < L
initiation, induction, installation(noun)
a formal entry into an organization or position or office
"his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"; "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"
an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current
generalization, generalisation, induction, inductive reasoning(noun)
reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
evocation, induction, elicitation(noun)
stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors
"the elicitation of his testimony was not easy"
the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)
"the induction of an anesthetic state"
trigger, induction, initiation(noun)
an act that sets in motion some course of events
the act of inducting
a formal ceremony in which a person is appointed to an office or into military service
the generation of an electric current by a varying magnetic field
the derivation of general principles from specific instances
A general proof of a theorem by first proving it for a specific integer (for example) and showing that, if it is true for one integer then it must be true for the next.
The use of rumors to twist and complicate the plot of a play or to narrate in a way that does not have to state truth nor fact within the play.
In developmental biology, the development of a feature from part of a formerly homogenous field of cells in response to a morphogen whose source determines the feature's position and extent.
the act of inducing childbirth
the act or process of inducting or bringing in; introduction; entrance; beginning; commencement
an introduction or introductory scene, as to a play; a preface; a prologue
the act or process of reasoning from a part to a whole, from particulars to generals, or from the individual to the universal; also, the result or inference so reached
the introduction of a clergyman into a benefice, or of an official into a office, with appropriate acts or ceremonies; the giving actual possession of an ecclesiastical living or its temporalities
a process of demonstration in which a general truth is gathered from an examination of particular cases, one of which is known to be true, the examination being so conducted that each case is made to depend on the preceding one; -- called also successive induction
the property by which one body, having electrical or magnetic polarity, causes or induces it in another body without direct contact; an impress of electrical or magnetic force or condition from one body on another without actual contact
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to the logical process by which from a study of particular instances we arrive at a general principle or law. The term is also applied to an electric or magnetic effect produced without direct contact and equal to the cause, being essentially its reproduction.