from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The property of an electric circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it as the result of a changing magnetic flux.
  • n. A circuit element, typically a conducting coil, in which electromotive force is generated by electromagnetic induction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of an electric circuit by which a voltage is induced in it by a changing magnetic field.
  • n. The quantity of the resulting electromagnetic flux divided by the current that produces it, measured in henries (SI symbol: H.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Capacity for induction; the coefficient of self-induction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Power of induction; specifically, the coefficient of self-induction. See induction, 6.
  • n. It is the property of an electric current in a circuit (called the inducing circuit) of producing a magnetic field surrounding the circuit, which when changing induces an electromotive force in a circuit surrounded by this field or a part thereof (called the induced circuit). If the induced and the inducing circuit are the same, the property is called self-inductance, otherwise mutual inductance. Unit inductance is the number of lines of magnetic force produced by unit current in the inducing circuit and interlinked with the conductor of the induced circuit: 10 times this unit is the practical unit of inductance, called a henry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an electrical device (typically a conducting coil) that introduces inductance into a circuit
  • n. an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current


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