induction

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Noun[change]

Singular
induction

Plural
inductions

  1. The act of inducting something.
  2. A formal ceremony where a person is inducted into an office or into military service
  3. (physics) Making an electric current by using a varying magnetic field.
  4. (logic) The derivation of general principles from specific instances.
  5. (mathematics) A proof of a theorem by first proving it for one integer and showing that if it is true for one integer then it must be true for other integers.
  6. The act of inducing childbirth.
  7. (theatre) The use of rumors to confuse and complicate the story of a play or to tell the story without giving facts.
  8. (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. (old, no longer used) An introduction.