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[self-in-duhk-shuh n]
noun Electricity.
  1. the process by which an electromotive force is induced in a circuit by a varying current in that circuit.
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Origin of self-induction

First recorded in 1870–75
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Historical Examples of self-induction

  • The scientific name for this electrical inertia is "self-induction."

    The Ether of Space

    Oliver Lodge

  • Reactance is the effect of self-induction in hindering the flow of current.


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • Now self-induction can be overcome by combining it with capacity.

  • The effect of the iron core is to increase the self-induction.

  • Thus the phenomena of self-induction are accounted for by the supposed medium.

British Dictionary definitions for self-induction


  1. the production of an electromotive force in a circuit when the magnetic flux linked with the circuit changes as a result of a change in current in the same circuitSee also self-inductance Compare mutual induction
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Derived Formsself-inductive, adjective
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