Definitions of induction

  1. reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
  2. ( physics) a property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it by a variation of current
  3. an act that sets in motion some course of events
  4. the act of bringing about something ( especially at an early time); " the induction of an anesthetic state"
  5. The act or process of inducting or bringing in; introduction; entrance; beginning; commencement.
  6. An introduction or introductory scene, as to a play; a preface; a prologue.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The introduction of a person into an office; the introduction of a clergyman into a charge; the process of discovering and proving general propositions from particular cases; the conclusion so reached; electrical or magnetic influence produced by nearness to an electrified or magnetized body.
  12. Introduction to an office, esp. of a clergyman: the act or process of reasoning from particulars to generals: ( physics) the production by one body of an opposite electric state in another by proximity.
  13. Introduction; reasoning from particulars to generals.
  14. The process of inferring general conclusions from particular cases; inference; conclusion.
  15. Electrification by nearness without contact.
  16. Introduction or instalment into a benefice or office; the inductive method of reasoning; the conclusion or inference drawn from a process of induction; the transfer of an electric or magnetic state from an electrified body to a nonelectrified by proximity without contact; an introductory scene leading to the main action, in old plays. See Inductive.
  17. Introduction into an office, as of a clergyman into a benefice; entrance; the inference of some general truth from special facts; the method of reasoning from particulars to generals; the influence by which an electric or galvanic current produces magnetic polarity in certain bodies near or round which it passes.