Definition of induction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈdʌkʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdʌkʃn//
    Energy and physical forces, Birth, Mathematical terminology
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] induction (into something) the process of introducing somebody to a new job, skill, organization, etc.; a ceremony at which this takes place induction into the local business community 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 labour See related entries: Birth
  3. 3[uncountable] (specialist) a method of discovering general rules and principles from particular facts and examples compare deduction See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  4. 4 [uncountable] (physics) the process by which electricity or magnetism passes from one object to another without them touching See related entries: Energy and physical forces
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin inductio(n-), from the verb inducere ‘lead into’, ‘lead in’, from in- ‘into’ + ducere ‘to lead’.
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