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[in-duhk-ter] /ɪnˈdʌk tər/
Also called inductance. Electricity. a coil used to introduce inductance into an electric circuit.
a person who inducts, as into office.
Origin of inductor
1645-55; < Medieval Latin: importer, instigator, Late Latin: schoolmaster, equivalent to Latin indūc(ere) (see induce) + -tor -tor Unabridged
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  • My companion and inductor was a certain ‘Uncle Abe,’ a gentleman very much after the style and complexion of our own Jake here.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • An inductor, because it is that part of the electric circuit in which induction takes place.

  • I jumped up and called loud and long for the inductor to come to my resistance.

  • By means of an inductor I drew out the iron principle from the ether and built up the metal.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • The interesting point of this system is the automatic communication which occurs when the inductor, J, is moved.

  • No condenser will be required in operating an inductor coil with an interrupter of this kind.

  • The screen will ground out a Nerne-Herzfeld couple, and no bunch of fugitives is going to be lugging an inductor around with them.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • Such alternators have stationary armatures in all cases and are of either the revolving magnet or inductor type.

British Dictionary definitions for inductor


a person or thing that inducts
a component, such as a coil, in an electrical circuit the main function of which is to produce inductance
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Word Origin and History for inductor

1650s, from Latin inductor, agent noun from past participle stem of inducere (see induce). Electromagnetic sense begins in 1837.

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inductor in Medicine

inductor in·duc·tor (ĭn-dŭk'tər)

  1. Something that inducts, especially a device that functions by or introduces inductance into a circuit.

  2. See evocator.

  3. See organizer.

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inductor in Science
  1. An electrical component or circuit, especially an induction coil, that introduces inductance into a circuit.

  2. A substance that causes an induced reaction. Unlike a catalyst, an inductor is irreversibly transformed in the reaction.

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