induction: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (in-duk'shun), [key]
- the act of inducing, bringing about, or causing: induction of the hypnotic state.
- the act of inducting; introduction; initiation.
- formal installation in an office, benefice, or the like.
- any form of reasoning in which the conclusion, though supported by the premises, does not follow from them necessarily.
- the process of estimating the validity of observations of part of a class of facts as evidence for a proposition about the whole class.
- a conclusion reached by this process.
- Also calleda method of proving a given property true for a set of numbers by proving it true for 1 and then true for an arbitrary positive integer by assuming the property true for all previous positive integers and applying the principle of mathematical induction.
- a presentation or bringing forward, as of facts or evidence.
- the process by which a body having electric or magnetic properties produces magnetism, an electric charge, or an electromotive force in a neighboring body without contact. Cf. electromagnetic induction, electrostatic induction.
- the process or principle by which one part of the embryo influences the differentiation of another part.
- the synthesis of an enzyme in response to an increased concentration of its substrate in the cell.
- an introductory unit in literary work, esp. in an early play; prelude or scene independent of the main performance but related to it.
- a preface.
- induction (Thesaurus)