[ in-duhk-ter ]

  1. Also called inductance. Electricity. a coil used to introduce inductance into an electric circuit.

  2. 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

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

How to use inductor in a sentence

  • And suppose a stray inductor beam just happened to graze the Waern living room.

    The Best Made Plans | Everett B. Cole
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for inductor


/ (ɪnˈdʌktə) /

  1. a person or thing that inducts

  2. a component, such as a coil, in an electrical circuit the main function of which is to produce inductance

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Scientific definitions for inductor


[ ĭn-dŭktər ]

  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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