1. [syn: inducement, inducing]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Induce \In*duce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Induced; p. pr. & vb.
n. Inducing.] [L. inducere, inductum; pref. in- in + ducere
to lead. See Duke, and cf. Induct.]
1. To lead in; to introduce. [Obs.]
The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the
first Iliad. --Pope.
2. To draw on; to overspread. [A Latinism] --Cowper.
3. To lead on; to influence; to prevail on; to incite; to
persuade; to move by persuasion or influence. --Shak.
He is not obliged by your offer to do it, . . .
though he may be induced, persuaded, prevailed upon,
Let not the covetous desire of growing rich induce
you to ruin your reputation. --Dryden.
4. To bring on; to effect; to cause; as, a fever induced by
fatigue or exposure; anaphylactic shock induced by
exposure to a allergen.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Sour things induces a contraction in the nerves.
5. (Physics) To produce, or cause, by proximity without
contact or transmission, as a particular electric or
magnetic condition in a body, by the approach of another
body in an opposite electric or magnetic state.
6. (Logic) To generalize or conclude as an inference from all
the particulars; -- the opposite of deduce.
7. (Genetics, Biochemistry) To cause the expression of (a
gene or gene product) by affecting a transcription control
element on the genome, either by inhibiting a negative
control or by activating a positive control; to derepress;
as, lactose induces the production of beta-galactosidase
in Eschericia coli..
Syn: To move; instigate; urge; impel; incite; press;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: act of bringing about a desired result; "inducement of
sleep" [syn: inducement, inducing]