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1 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" [syn: initiation, installation]
2 an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current
3 reasoning from detailed facts to general principles [syn: generalization, generalisation, inductive reasoning]
4 the process whereby changes in the current flow in a circuit produce magnetism or an EMF
5 stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors; "the elicitation of his testimony was not easy" [syn: evocation, elicitation]
6 (physics) a property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it by a variation of current [syn: inductance]
7 the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time); "the induction of an anesthetic state"
8 an act that sets in motion some course of events [syn: trigger, initiation]

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  1. the act of inducting
  2. a formal ceremony in which a person is inducted into an office or into military service
  3. the generation of an electric current by a varying magnetic field
  4. the derivation of general principles from specific instances
  5. 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
  6. the act of inducing childbirth
  7. In theatre, induction is 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.
  8. 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.
  9. an introduction


the act of inducting
a formal ceremony in which a person is inducted into an office or into military service
generation of an electric current by a varying magnetic field
the derivation of general principles from specific instances
a general proof of a theorem
the act of inducing childbirth
the use of rumors to twist and complicate the plot
the development of a feature from part of a formerly homogenous field of cells
an introduction



From inductio.


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  • Induction (play), an opening scene in a play, notably used in early English plays
  • Rite of passage
    • Orientation week, an induction program for new students at Universities
    • Teacher induction, the support and guidance provided to novice educators in the early stages of their careers
    • Induction (teachers), the period of one year following qualification as a teacher in the United Kingdom
    • Induction program, the process used within many businesses to welcome new employees to the company and prepare them for their new role
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induction in Czech: Indukce
induction in Danish: Induktion
induction in German: Induktion
induction in Spanish: Inducción
induction in French: Induction
induction in Hebrew: אינדוקציה (פירושונים)
induction in Lithuanian: Indukcija
induction in Dutch: Inductie
induction in Norwegian: Induksjon
induction in Polish: Indukcja
induction in Portuguese: Indução
induction in Russian: Индукция
induction in Serbian: Индукција
induction in Finnish: Induktio
induction in Chinese: 归纳法

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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