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

  • n. The act or process of introducing or the state of being introduced.
  • n. A means, such as a personal letter, of presenting one person to another.
  • n. Something recently introduced; an innovation: "He loathed a fork; it is a modern introduction which has still scarcely reached common people” ( D.H. Lawrence).
  • n. Something spoken, written, or otherwise presented in beginning or introducing something, especially:
  • n. A preface, as to a book.
  • n. Music A short preliminary passage in a larger movement or work.
  • n. A basic introductory text or course of study.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of introducing.
  • n. A means, such as a personal letter, of presenting one person to another.
  • n. An initial section of a book or article, which introduces the subject material.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of introducing, or bringing to notice.
  • n. The act of formally making persons known to each other; a presentation or making known of one person to another by name.
  • n. That part of a book or discourse which introduces or leads the way to the main subject, or part; preliminary; matter; preface; proem; exordium.
  • n. A formal and elaborate preliminary treatise; specifically, a treatise introductory to other treatises, or to a course of study; a guide.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of introducing, or leading or ushering in; the act of bringing in: as, the introduction of manufactures into a country.
  • n. The act of inserting: as, the introduction of a probe into a wound.
  • n. The act of making acquainted; the formal presentation of persons to one another, with mention of their names, etc.: as, an introduction in person or by letter.
  • n. The act of bringing into notice, use, or practice: as, the introduction of a new fashion or invention.
  • n. Something that leads to or opens the way for the understanding of something else; specifically, a preliminary explanation or statement; the part of a book or discourse which precedes the main work, and in which the author or speaker gives some general account of his design and subject; an elaborate preface, or a preliminary discourse.
  • n. A more or less elementary treatise on any branch of study; a treatise leading the way to more elaborate works on the same subject: as, an introduction to botany.
  • n. In music, a preparatory phrase or movement at the beginning of a work, or of a part of a work, designed to attract the hearer's attention or to foreshadow the subsequent themes or development.
  • n. of each book
  • n. of the canon or collection of the several books into the one book
  • n. of the text, including a comparison of the various texts, and
  • n. of the translations and versions. Synonyms Exordium, Introduction, Preface, Prelude, Preamble, Prologue. Exordium is the old or classic technical word in rhetoric for the beginning of an oration, up to the second division, which may be “narration,” “partition,” “proposition,” or the like. Introduction is a more general word, in this connection applying to spoken or written discourse, and covering whatever is preliminary to the subject; in a book it may be the opening chapter. As distinguished from the preface, the introduction is supposed to be an essential part of the discussion or treatment of the theme, and written at the outset of composition. A preface is supposed to be the last words of the author in connection with his subject, and is generally explanatory or conciliatory, having the style of more direct address to the reader. A prelude is generally an introductory piece of music (see the definition of overture); a preamble, of a resolution, an ordinance, or a law: as, the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. A prologue is a conciliatory spoken preface to a play. All these words have some freedom of figurative use.

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

  • n. formally making a person known to another or to the public
  • n. the act of putting one thing into another
  • n. a new proposal
  • n. the first section of a communication
  • n. the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new
  • n. a basic or elementary instructional text
  • n. the act of beginning something new


Middle English introduccioun, from Old French introduction, from Latin intrōductiō, intrōductiōn-, from intrōductus, past participle of intrōdūcere, to bring in; see introduce.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French introduction, from Latin (ultimately intrōdūcō), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁énteros (“inner, what is inside”) and Proto-Indo-European *dewk-. (Wiktionary)


  • But were he to introduce me to one, and give me an opportunity of shaking hands with him, of conversing with him, of observing his features, etc.; and were he then to introduce me to another, in like manner, with the privilege of shaking hands again with the first, before my introduction to the third; and were he thus to introduce me to them all successively, I might form _twenty-six acquaintances with one introduction_.

    Popular Education For the use of Parents and Teachers, and for Young Persons of Both Sexes

  • Taylor may be best known for creating the images used for the title introduction sequence of the television series "Ghost Whisperer."


  • If you want to read the Nicci French posts from last week, the introduction is here: you can just scroll ahead from there until you get to Barbara Fiser (and carry on reading, actually, her first post today, A blogging librarian who kills people in her spare time, is engaging).

    April 2008

  • The biggest was a 1,000 people killed, when a group, and Islamic sect, Boko Haram (ph) rose up and against what they called the introduction of Western education into the region.

    CNN Transcript Jan 1, 2010

  • The worst was when one sect Boko Haram, rose up against what they called the introduction of Western education and nearly 1,000 people died.

    CNN Transcript Jan 4, 2010

  • The worst was when one sect (INAUDIBLE) rose up against what they called the introduction of western education and nearly 1,000 people died.

    CNN Transcript Jan 4, 2010

  • “Hurry Hayate, the introduction is about to start!”,

    Hayate No Gotoku! « Undercover

  • On hearing the word introduction, Leah could have slipped through the crack in the sidewalk.

    Almost a Whisper

  • There is, of course, no political or ideological objective which can justify the use of such weapons, for who would be able to enjoy the fruits of our wonderful political or ideological systems if the price of their introduction is a common annihilation?

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1985 - Presentation Speech

  • Colombo in Ceylon; and partly because all was so new to me, partly that we had been many days at sea, I was perhaps the more ready to receive the impressions of delight with which my introduction is associated.

    Insulinde: Experiences of a Naturalist's Wife in the Eastern Archipelago


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