[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inductor

/ (ɪnˈdʌktə) /


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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Medicine definitions for inductor

[ ĭn-dŭktər ]


Something that inducts, especially a device that functions by or introduces inductance into a circuit.
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Science definitions for inductor

[ ĭn-dŭktər ]

An electrical component or circuit, especially an induction coil, that introduces inductance into a circuit.
A substance that causes an induced reaction. Unlike a catalyst, an inductor is irreversibly transformed in the reaction.
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