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Definition of induction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] induction (into something) the process of introducing someone to a new job, skill, organization, etc.; a ceremony at which this takes place An induction ceremony was held for the new National Guard recruits. The induction of new students will take place in the main hall.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of making a pregnant woman start to give birth, using artificial means such as a special drug the induction of labor
  3. 3[uncountable] (technology) a method of discovering general rules and principles from particular facts and examples compare deduction
  4. 4[uncountable] (physics) the process by which electricity or magnetism passes from one object to another without them touching
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