- an inducting or being inducted; installation, initiation, etc.
- Archaic an introduction; preface or prelude
- an inducing, or bringing about
- a bringing forward of separate facts or instances, esp. so as to prove a general statement
- Embryology the influence of one tissue upon the development of adjacent tissue, as by the diffusion of a chemical substance to nearby tissue
- Logic reasoning from particular facts or individual cases to a general conclusion; also, a conclusion reached by such reasoning
- Math. a method of proving a theorem which holds true for all whole numbers greater than or equal to some first number, by demonstrating that it holds true for the first number and by showing that, if it holds true for all the subsequent numbers preceding a given number, then it must hold for the next following numberin full mathematical induction
- Physics
- the act or process by which an electric or magnetic effect is produced in an electrical conductor or magnetizable body when it is exposed to the influence or variation of a field of force
- the transference of the explosive mixture of air and fuel from the carburetor to the cylinder of an internal-combustion engine

Origin of induction

Old French from Classical Latin*inductio*