Definitions of induction

  1. stimulation that calls up ( draws forth) a particular class of behaviors; " the elicitation of his testimony was not easy"
  2. reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
  3. ( physics) a property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it by a variation of current
  4. the process whereby changes in the current flow in a circuit produce magnetism or an EMF
  5. an act that sets in motion some course of events
  6. the act of bringing about something ( especially at an early time); " the induction of an anesthetic state"
  7. a formal entry into a position or office; " his initiation into the club"; " he was ordered to report for induction into the army"
  8. The act or process of inducting or bringing in; introduction; entrance; beginning; commencement.
  9. An introduction or introductory scene, as to a play; a preface; a prologue.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  17. Introduction; reasoning from particulars to generals.
  18. The process of inferring general conclusions from particular cases; inference; conclusion.
  19. Electrification by nearness without contact.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

Usage examples for induction

  1. The idea of cause once found in ourselves, induction applies it, you say, wherever a new phenomenon appears. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  2. As to the fifth induction, a close examination of the data shows clearly that in nearly every case where an X marriage occurred, it was with a person of a distinctly immoral or criminal type. – Consanguineous Marriages in the American Population by George B. Louis Arner
  3. The simplest things became the first apparent, and others followed by a species of magnetic induction, which I cannot now stop to explain. – Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief by James Fenimore Cooper
  4. We naturally proceed by induction to establish general truths which, when established, we may apply. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  5. Arriving, by her own process of induction, at this inevitable conclusion, she decided to try what her influence could accomplish, and to trust to the inspiration of the moment for exerting it in the right way. – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  6. The leaders of modern science say that sound theories in Astronomy and in every thing else are discovered by induction, and that deduction follows after, to apply and extend the principles established by induction. – History of American Socialisms by John Humphrey Noyes
  7. By that large induction only I your law of being reach. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various
  8. No wonder then that the whole of the new Induction centres about this thought. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry
  9. There is, in this same induction by Webster, some dialogue that throws light also upon the estimation in which Shakespeare and his fellow actors regarded their calling and its duties and responsibilities, and is worth quoting: W. Sly: And I say again, the play is bitter. – Shakespeare in the Theatre by William Poel
  10. When a chief dies, the members of his family or clan select another, who is presented to the national council for induction. – The Iroquois Book of Rites by Horatio Hale
  11. Mr. Chainmail fought with Doctor Folliott, the battle of the romantic against the classical in poetry; and Mr. Skionar contended with Mr. Mac Quedy for intuition and synthesis, against analysis and induction in philosophy. – Crotchet-Castle by Peacock, Thomas Love
  12. In truth, he seemed to get the news rather by some occult process of induction, if he got it at all, than by the course usual to ordinary men. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White
  13. It seems clear that its extinction had better be made final now, so that the ground can be cleared for larger constructive work on behalf of the Indians, preparatory to their induction into the full measure of responsible citizenship. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  14. But for the truth of our premisses we have to fall back upon induction or upon intuition. – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock
  15. This action, called induction, has been supposed to be limited to short distances. – New and Original Theories of the Great Physical Forces by Henry Raymond Rogers
  16. The evolution theory, as a modal formula, is just a particular way of looking at things; it is justified wherever it is applied; it makes for progress whenever it is utilised; but it cannot be proved by induction or experiment like the law of gravitation or the doctrine of the conservation of energy. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson