Definition of inductor in English:



  • 1A component in an electric or electronic circuit which possesses inductance.

    • ‘One big use of capacitors is to team them up with inductors to create oscillators.’
    • ‘By reversing the positions of the inductors and the capacitors, the transmission line becomes the analogue of a negative-index medium.’
    • ‘The component preforms may include resistors, capacitors, and inductors.’
    • ‘Single inductor fully integrated differential voltage controlled oscillator with automatic amplitude adjustment and on-chip varactor’
    • ‘Then there is the cellphone market: we are looking at mechanical switching and on-chip inductors.’
    • ‘The input and output capacitors and an inductor need to be added on the board to complete a converter design.’
    • ‘All you need in the ‘magical’ circuit, is an inductor and rectification circuit to produce a relatively substantial direct current.’
    • ‘The capacitors had charges oscillating, inductors had currents oscillating, all at the same frequency…’
    • ‘Passive components are capacitors, resistors, connectors, filters, inductors, and oscillators.’
    • ‘Inside, the box is all-discrete and Class-A, utilizing top-quality transformers, precision capacitors and low-distortion inductors.’
    • ‘They don't know how to work with resistors and capacitors and inductors.’
    • ‘A crossover is essentially a network of capacitors and inductors that divide the signal into different groupings according to frequency.’
    • ‘Several of the inductors were burned out, the solenoid was split, and several of the resistors had broken loose.’
    • ‘An advanced mathematical article dealing with resistors, capacitors and inductors.’
    • ‘By winding the cable in a tight coil, it will act as an inductor (the concept behind dynamos, electric motors etc).’
    • ‘In this transform, springs are inductors, masses are capacitors. and dampers are resistors.’
    • ‘Product groups include passive and electromechanical components, capacitors, resistive products, ferrites, fuses, inductors and filters.’
    • ‘As I said, the impedance of a capacitor is inversely proportional to its capacitance and the impedance of an inductor directly proportional to its inductance.’
    • ‘All the inductors operate in the frequency ranges of 1KHz to 2MHz, with an operating temperature of - 40 to 85 degrees C.’
    • ‘He used an animal ear membrane to receive signals from an oscillating galvanic inductor.’
  • 2A substance that promotes an equilibrium reaction by reacting with one of the substances produced.

    • ‘He had invented cryogenic chemicals, ion magnetic inductors - everything.’


Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘a person who inducts or initiates’): from late Latin, from Latin inducere (see induce), or from induct + -or. Current senses date from the early 20th century.