World English Dictionary
induction (ɪnˈdʌkʃən)
1.  the act of inducting or state of being inducted
2.  the act of inducing
3.  (in an internal-combustion engine) the part of the action of a piston by which mixed air and fuel are drawn from the carburettor to the cylinder
4.  logic
 a.  a process of reasoning, used esp in science, by which a general conclusion is drawn from a set of premises, based mainly on experience or experimental evidence. The conclusion goes beyond the information contained in the premises, and does not follow necessarily from them. Thus an inductive argument may be highly probable, yet lead from true premises to a false conclusion
 b.  Compare deduction a conclusion reached by this process of reasoning
5.  See also inductance the process by which electrical or magnetic properties are transferred, without physical contact, from one circuit or body to another
6.  biology the effect of one tissue, esp an embryonic tissue, on the development of an adjacent tissue
7.  biochem the process by which synthesis of an enzyme is stimulated by the presence of its substrate
8.  maths, logic
 a.  a method of proving a proposition that all integers have a property, by first proving that 1 has the property and then that if the integer n has it so has n + 1
 b.  the application of recursive rules
9.  a.  a formal introduction or entry into an office or position
 b.  (as modifier): induction course; induction period
10.  (US) the formal enlistment of a civilian into military service
11.  an archaic word for preface

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