[ in-duhk-tuhns ]

  1. that property of a circuit by which a change in current induces, by electromagnetic induction, an electromotive force. Symbol: L: Compare inductive coupling, mutual inductance, self-inductance.

Origin of inductance

First recorded in 1885–90; induct + -ance

Words Nearby inductance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use inductance in a sentence

  • A coil having a single winding and used to introduce inductance in a circuit is called a choke coil.

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  • UHF reception should be tried with and without the inductance wire to obtain the best overall results.

  • That frequency depends upon the two electrical properties of the circuit: capacity and inductance.

  • The shunt consists of a wire leading from the copper to the carbon rod with a condenser and an inductance coil inserted in it.

  • There is capacity at each end and a fairly long length of wire to provide the inductance.

British Dictionary definitions for inductance


/ (ɪnˈdʌktəns) /

  1. Also called: induction the property of an electric circuit as a result of which an electromotive force is created by a change of current in the same circuit (self-inductance) or in a neighbouring circuit (mutual inductance). It is usually measured in henries: Symbol: L See also self-inductance, mutual inductance

  2. another name for inductor

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Scientific definitions for inductance


[ ĭn-dŭktəns ]

  1. A measure of the reaction of electrical components (especially coils) to changes in current flow by creating a magnetic field and inducing a voltage. Its unit is the henry.

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Cultural definitions for inductance


A process whereby the effect of induction is used to alter the current (see also current) in an electrical circuit.

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