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  1. Also called inductance. Electricity. a coil used to introduce inductance into an electric circuit.
  2. a person who inducts, as into office.
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Origin of inductor

1645–55; < Medieval Latin: importer, instigator, Late Latin: schoolmaster, equivalent to Latin indūc(ere) (see induce) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for inductor

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for inductor


  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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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


  1. Something that inducts, especially a device that functions by or introduces inductance into a circuit.
  2. evocator
  3. 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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