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[in-duhk-tuh ns] /ɪnˈdʌk təns/
noun, Electricity
that property of a circuit by which a change in current induces, by electromagnetic induction, an electromotive force. Symbol: L.
inductor (def 1).
Origin of inductance
1885-90; induct + -ance Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inductance
  • Internal resistance and inductance limit the rate that energy can be released.
  • The frames have batteries in the earpieces that are charged on an inductance stand.
  • The key here is impedance which involves inductance and capacitance as well as resistance.
  • B equal to the inductance of the highest rated inductor.
  • Any electrical contact between the copper sheaves and the ends of the cables will destroy the inductance reading.
  • On the other hand the feed back control is not included, but the stator self inductance and resistance is included.
  • Energy storage is provided by low inductance self-clearing metallized hazy polypropylene traction capacitors.
  • The fast shifting response of the phase shifter needs low inductance in the bias winding of the magnet.
British Dictionary definitions for inductance


Also called induction. the property of an electric circuit as a result of which an electromotive force is created by a change of current in the same circuit (self-inductance) or in a neighbouring circuit (mutual inductance). It is usually measured in henries L See also self-inductance, mutual inductance
another name for inductor
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Word Origin and History for inductance

1886, from induct + -ance.

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inductance in Science
A measure of the reaction of electrical components (especially coils) to changes in current flow by creating a magnetic field and inducing a voltage. Its unit is the henry.
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inductance in Culture

inductance definition

A process whereby the effect of induction is used to alter the current in an electrical circuit.

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