Other forms: inductions

After a baseball player's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his name remains on the wall there for life. Induction is something that begins a process or a series of events.

In college, you rush a fraternity, become a pledge, and then receive a pin at the induction ceremony. The word has a meaning in an electrical context as well. When two wires touch each other, they conduct electricity. When the current passes wirelessly between two conductors, it's called induction.

Definitions of induction
  1. noun
    the act of bringing about something (especially at an early time)
    “the induction of an anesthetic state”
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    induction of labor
    (obstetrics) inducing the childbirth process artificially by administering oxytocin or by puncturing the amniotic sac
    the induction of sleep or hypnosis
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    debut, entry, first appearance, introduction, launching, unveiling
    the act of beginning something new
  2. noun
    a formal entry into an organization or position or office
    “he was ordered to report for induction into the army”
    synonyms: initiation, installation
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    inaugural, inauguration
    the ceremonial induction into a position
    coronation, enthronement, enthronisation, enthronization, investiture
    the ceremony of installing a new monarch
    bar mitzvah
    (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
    bas mitzvah, bat mitzvah, bath mitzvah
    (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
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    ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony, observance
    a formal event performed on a special occasion
  3. noun
    an act that sets in motion some course of events
    synonyms: initiation, trigger
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    fomentation, instigation
    deliberate and intentional triggering (of trouble or discord)
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    causation, causing
    the act of causing something to happen
  4. noun
    reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
    synonyms: generalisation, generalization, inductive reasoning
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    the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis
  5. noun
    an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current
    synonyms: inductance
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    mutual induction
    generation of electromotive forces in each other by two adjacent circuits
    generation of an electromotive force (EMF) in a circuit by changing the current in that circuit; usually measured in henries
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    electrical phenomenon
    a physical phenomenon involving electricity
  6. noun
    stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors
    synonyms: elicitation, evocation
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    input, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus
    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
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