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. 2018

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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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