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INDUCTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does induction mean? 

INDUCTION (noun)
  The noun INDUCTION has 6 senses:

1. a formal entry into an organization or position or office
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
4. stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors
5. the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)
6. an act that sets in motion some course of events

  Familiarity information: INDUCTION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INDUCTION (noun)


Sense 1induction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formal entry into an organization or position or office

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

induction; initiation; installation

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("induction" is a kind of...):

ceremonial; ceremonial occasion; ceremony; observance (a formal event performed on a special occasion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "induction"):

inaugural; inauguration (the ceremonial induction into a position)

coronation; enthronement; enthronisation; enthronization; investiture (the ceremony of installing a new monarch)

bar mitzvah ((Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility)

bas mitzvah; bat mitzvah; bath mitzvah ((Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility)


Sense 2induction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

inductance; induction

Hypernyms ("induction" is a kind of...):

electrical phenomenon (a physical phenomenon involving electricity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "induction"):

mutual induction (generation of electromotive forces in each other by two adjacent circuits)

self-induction (generation of an electromotive force (EMF) in a circuit by changing the current in that circuit; usually measured in henries)


Sense 3induction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

inductive reasoning; generalization; generalisation; induction

Hypernyms ("induction" is a kind of...):

colligation (the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis)


Sense 4induction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

elicitation; evocation; induction

Context example:

the elicitation of his testimony was not easy

Hypernyms ("induction" is a kind of...):

input; stimulant; stimulation; stimulus (any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action)


Sense 5induction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

the induction of an anesthetic state

Hypernyms ("induction" is a kind of...):

debut; entry; first appearance; introduction; launching; unveiling (the act of beginning something new)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "induction"):

induction of labor ((obstetrics) inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac)

hypnogenesis (the induction of sleep or hypnosis)


Sense 6induction [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An act that sets in motion some course of events

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

trigger; initiation; induction

Hypernyms ("induction" is a kind of...):

causation; causing (the act of causing something to happen)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "induction"):

fomentation; instigation (deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord))


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