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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Induction \In*duc"tion\, n. [L. inductio: cf. F. induction. See
1. The act or process of inducting or bringing in;
introduction; entrance; beginning; commencement.

I know not you; nor am I well pleased to make this
time, as the affair now stands, the induction of
your acquaintance. --Beau. & Fl.

These promises are fair, the parties sure, And our
induction dull of prosperous hope. --Shak.

2. An introduction or introductory scene, as to a play; a
preface; a prologue. [Obs.]

This is but an induction: I will d?aw The curtains
of the tragedy hereafter. --Massinger.

3. (Philos.) The act or process of reasoning from a part to a
whole, from particulars to generals, or from the
individual to the universal; also, the result or inference
so reached.

Induction is an inference drawn from all the
particulars. --Sir W.

Induction is the process by which we conclude that
what is true of certain individuals of a class, is
true of the whole class, or that what is true at
certain times will be true in similar circumstances
at all times. --J. S. Mill.

4. The introduction of a clergyman into a benefice, or of an
official into a office, with appropriate acts or
ceremonies; the giving actual possession of an
ecclesiastical living or its temporalities.

5. (Math.) A process of demonstration in which a general
truth is gathered from an examination of particular cases,
one of which is known to be true, the examination being so
conducted that each case is made to depend on the
preceding one; -- called also {successive induction}.

6. (Physics) The property by which one body, having
electrical or magnetic polarity, causes or induces it in
another body without direct contact; an impress of
electrical or magnetic force or condition from one body on
another without actual contact.

{Electro-dynamic induction}, the action by which a variable
or interrupted current of electricity excites another
current in a neighboring conductor forming a closed

{Electro-magnetic induction}, the influence by which an
electric current produces magnetic polarity in certain
bodies near or around which it passes.

{Electro-static induction}, the action by which a body
possessing a charge of statical electricity develops a
charge of statical electricity of the opposite character
in a neighboring body.

{Induction coil}, an apparatus producing induced currents of
great intensity. It consists of a coil or helix of stout
insulated copper wire, surrounded by another coil of very
fine insulated wire, in which a momentary current is
induced, when a current (as from a voltaic battery),
passing through the inner coil, is made, broken, or
varied. The inner coil has within it a core of soft iron,
and is connected at its terminals with a condenser; --
called also {inductorium}, and {Ruhmkorff's coil}.

{Induction pipe}, {port}, or {valve}, a pipe, passageway, or
valve, for leading or admitting a fluid to a receiver, as
steam to an engine cylinder, or water to a pump.

{Magnetic induction}, the action by which magnetic polarity
is developed in a body susceptible to magnetic effects
when brought under the influence of a magnet.

{Magneto-electric induction}, the influence by which a magnet
excites electric currents in closed circuits.

{Logical induction}, (Philos.), an act or method of reasoning
from all the parts separately to the whole which they
constitute, or into which they may be united collectively;
the operation of discovering and proving general
propositions; the scientific method.

{Philosophical induction}, the inference, or the act of
inferring, that what has been observed or established in
respect to a part, individual, or species, may, on the
ground of analogy, be affirmed or received of the whole to
which it belongs. This last is the inductive method of
Bacon. It ascends from the parts to the whole, and forms,
from the general analogy of nature, or special
presumptions in the case, conclusions which have greater
or less degrees of force, and which may be strengthened or
weakened by subsequent experience and experiment. It
relates to actual existences, as in physical science or
the concerns of life. Logical induction is founded on the
necessary laws of thought; philosophical induction, on the
interpretation of the indications or analogy of nature.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Port \Port\, n. [AS. port, L. portus: cf. F. port. See {Farm},
v., {Ford}, and 1st, 3d, & 4h {Port}.]
1. A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a
sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven. Used
also figuratively.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Port \Port\, n. [F. porte, L. porta, akin to portus; cf. AS.
porte, fr. L. porta. See {Port} a harbor, and cf. {Porte}.]
1. A passageway; an opening or entrance to an inclosed place;
a gate; a door; a portal. [Archaic]

Him I accuse The city ports by this hath entered.

Form their ivory port the cherubim Forth issuing.

2. (Naut.) An opening in the side of a vessel; an embrasure
through which cannon may be discharged; a porthole; also,
the shutters which close such an opening.

Her ports being within sixteen inches of the water.
--Sir W.

3. (Mach.) A passageway in a machine, through which a fluid,
as steam, water, etc., may pass, as from a valve to the
interior of the cylinder of a steam engine; an opening in
a valve seat, or valve face.

{Air port}, {Bridle port}, etc. See under {Air}, {Bridle},

{Port bar} (Naut.), a bar to secure the ports of a ship in a

{Port lid} (Naut.), a lid or hanging for closing the
portholes of a vessel.

{Steam port}, & {Exhaust port} (Steam Engine), the ports of
the cylinder communicating with the valve or valves, for
the entrance or exit of the steam, respectively.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Port \Port\, n. [From Oporto, in Portugal, i. e., ? porto the
port, L. portus. See {Port} harbor.]
A dark red or purple astringent wine made in Portugal. It
contains a large percentage of alcohol.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Port \Port\, v. t. (Naut.)
To turn or put to the left or larboard side of a ship; --
said of the helm, and used chiefly in the imperative, as a
command; as, port your helm.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Port \Port\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ported}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Porting}.] [F. porter, L. portare to carry. See {Port}
1. To carry; to bear; to transport. [Obs.]

They are easily ported by boat into other shires.

2. (Mil.) To throw, as a musket, diagonally across the body,
with the lock in front, the right hand grasping the small
of the stock, and the barrel sloping upward and crossing
the point of the left shoulder; as, to port arms.

Began to hem him round with ported spears. --Milton.

{Port arms}, a position in the manual of arms, executed as

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Port \Port\, n. [F. port, fr. porter to carry, L. portare, prob.
akin to E. fare, v. See {Port} harbor, and cf. {Comport},
{Export}, {Sport}.]
The manner in which a person bears himself; deportment;
carriage; bearing; demeanor; hence, manner or style of
living; as, a proud port. --Spenser.

And of his port as meek as is a maid. --Chaucer.

The necessities of pomp, grandeur, and a suitable port
in the world. --South.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Port \Port\, n. [Etymology uncertain.] (Naut.)
The larboard or left side of a ship (looking from the stern
toward the bow); as, a vessel heels to port. See {Note} under
{Larboard}. Also used adjectively.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : on the left-hand side of a vessel or aircraft when facing
forward; "the port side" [syn: {larboard}, {left}]
[ant: {starboard}]
n 1: a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise
can enter or leave a country
2: sweet dark-red dessert wine originally from Portugal [syn: {port
3: an opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing
through [syn: {embrasure}, {porthole}]
4: the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone facing the
bow or nose [syn: {larboard}] [ant: {starboard}]
5: (computer science) computer circuit consisting of the
hardware and associated circuitry that links one device
with another (especially a computer and a hard disk drive
or other peripherals) [syn: {interface}]
v 1: transfer data from one computer to another via a cable that
links connecting ports
2: put or turn on the left side, of a ship; "port the helm"
3: bring to port; "the captain ported the ship at night"
4: land at or reach a port; "The ship finally ported"
5: turn or go to the port or left side, of a ship; "The big
ship was slowly porting"
6: carry, bear, convey, or bring; "The small canoe could be
ported easily"
7: carry or hold with both hands diagonally across the body,
esp. of weapons; "port a rifle"
8: drink port; "We were porting all night in the club"

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