Definition of inductance in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The property of an electric conductor or circuit that causes an electromotive force to be generated by a change in the current flowing.

    ‘the inductance of the winding’
    [count noun] ‘an inductance of 40 mH’
    • ‘Currents in resistance / inductance circuits always decay exponentially, not linearly, after the power source is switched off.’
    • ‘Reactance, however, is a measure of the type of opposition to AC electricity due to capacitance or inductance.’
    • ‘If current is decreasing, inductance will cause the current to decrease more slowly.’
    • ‘Electronically tuned matching networks using adjustable inductance elements and resonant tank circuits’
    • ‘The capacitance and inductance defines the resonant frequency.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A component with the property of inductance.
      • ‘Lets take an electrical circuit, with two AC sources of the same frequency, acting on a purely reactive circuit (one that is made of capacitors and/or inductances only).’


Late 19th century: from induction + -ance.