introduction

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n introduction the act of beginning something new "they looked forward to the debut of their new product line"
    • n introduction the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult","the foundation of a new scientific society"
    • n introduction the act of putting one thing into another
    • n introduction the first section of a communication
    • n introduction a basic or elementary instructional text
    • n introduction a new proposal "they resisted the introduction of impractical alternatives"
    • n introduction formally making a person known to another or to the public
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Since its introduction in February 1935, more than two hundred million Monopoly board games have been sold worldwide
    • Introduction A formal and elaborate preliminary treatise; specifically, a treatise introductory to other treatises, or to a course of study; a guide; as, an introduction to English literature.
    • Introduction That part of a book or discourse which introduces or leads the way to the main subject, or part; preliminary; matter; preface; proem; exordium.
    • Introduction The act of formally making persons known to each other; a presentation or making known of one person to another by name; as, the introduction of one stranger to another.
    • Introduction The act of introducing, or bringing to notice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n introduction The act of introducing, or leading or ushering in; the act of bringing in: as, the introduction of manufactures into a country.
    • n introduction The act of inserting: as, the introduction of a probe into a wound.
    • n introduction 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 introduction The act of bringing into notice, use, or practice: as, the introduction of a new fashion or invention.
    • n introduction 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 introduction 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 introduction 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. Introductions vary in length from one or two chords to an elaborated movement, with its own themes and development.
    • n introduction of each book
    • n introduction of the canon or collection of the several books into the one book
    • n introduction of the text, including a comparison of the various texts, and
    • n introduction 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Introduction act of conducting into: act of making persons known to each other: act of bringing into notice or practice: preliminary matter to the main thoughts of a book:
    • n Introduction (mus.) a kind of preface or prelude to a following movement: a treatise introductory to a science or course of study
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Quotations

  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Beauty is a good letter of introduction.”
  • Rona Jaffe
    Rona Jaffe
    “A blond in a red dress can do without introductions -- but not without a bodyguard.”
  • Pir Vilayat Khan
    Pir Vilayat Khan
    “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter%20Lippmann
    “The study of error is not only in the highest degree prophylactic, but it serves as a stimulating introduction to the study of truth.”

Idioms

Need no introduction - Someone who is very famous and known to everyone needs no introduction.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. introductio,: cf. F. introduction,. See Introduce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. introducĕre, -ductumintro, within, ducĕre, to lead.

Usage

In literature:

This we did, and very soon there came a strange development of that carefully planned introduction.
"The Golden Face" by William Le Queux
DHANJIBHAI NAUROJI, the first modern Convert to Christianity from the Zoroastrian Religion, With Introduction by the Rev.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
In fact, no trace of any contrivance for the introduction or reception of water has been found in No.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Do the introductions to the several cantos form any part of the story?
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The Nettle needs no introduction; we are all too well acquainted with it, yet it is not altogether a weed to be despised.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Arrange these groups under the classification given in the General Introduction (p. 50).
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Really, Burnett, I am extremely indebted to you for this introduction to Mr. Unwin.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
They mistook a card of introduction for a challenge.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
The introduction of the railway into Asia has been, except in the Russian and English possessions, a very difficult task.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
Following, or perhaps immediately attending, the introduction of physiological life, there appeared signs of sentient life.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Introduction to Wagner's opera "Tristan und Isolde" given by the Philharmonic Society, New York City.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Then he broke in upon the tentative conversation which follows an introduction.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
So this was his son's first introduction to his maternal relations.
"Trevethlan: Volume 1" by William Davy Watson
The general physical arrangements of the solar system were perfected before the introduction of animals on our planet.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
In 1878 the introduction of the so-called "National Policy" of protection furthered the growth of manufactures.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
The time and manner of the introduction of cards into Europe are matters of dispute.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
Other proposals for the introduction of a reformed system were made in February 1846 and January 1848.
"The Development of Rates of Postage" by A. D. Smith
With the revival of pure Latinity and the introduction of Greek, the foundations of a more correct criticism were laid.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
She would, in any case, know him by his title soon, and, in the meantime, he could use it now by way of introduction.
"A Blot on the Scutcheon" by May Wynne
Edited with Introduction and Notes from the Author's Original MSS., by ALEXANDER H. JAPP, LL.
"Vanitas" by Vernon Lee
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In poetry:

The Music
With the exception of three German Melodies, and the characteristic Introduction
Composed by
Charles E. Horn.
"The Maid Of Saxony; Or, Who's The Traitor? - Act I" by George Pope Morris
"Why, no," said he; "perhaps I should
Have stayed another minute -
But still no Ghost, that's any good,
Without an introduction would
Have ventured to begin it.
"Phantasmagoria Canto V (" by Lewis Carroll
IF much too long this introduction seem,
The obvious cause is clearly in the theme,
And should not certainly be hurried o'er,
But now for something from th' historick store.
"The Magic Cup" by Jean de La Fontaine
How they wished an introduction to each other they had had
When on board the BALLYSHANNON! And it drove them nearly mad
To think how very friendly with each other they might get,
If it wasn't for the arbitrary rule of etiquette!
"Etiquette" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

There were roughly 20,000 new food and beverage introductions last year, according to figures from ProductScan.
These performers (boys and girls agest 6-14) will entertain fans during player introductions, timeouts and halftime.
The rakish, low-slung crossover never really caught on in the US, selling a mere 5544 units from its introduction in 2009 through September of this year.
Jeremy Carver, executive producer of the supernatural Syfy drama, tells THR of Lachman's introduction on the show: "She's all but unrecognizable.".
"Remember When" (Platters Tribute) Since the introduction of the classic " doo-wop " sound of the 50s, there has never been a group as widely known as The Platters.
Remember When (The Platters tribute) Since the introduction of the classic " doo-wop " sound of the 1950s, there has never been a group as widely known as The Platters.
Summer in Baden-Baden by Leonid Tsypkin,translated from the Russian by Roger and Angela Keys, with an introduction by Susan Sontag New Directions, 146 pp.
Since its introduction during the gold rush, pisco has been a favorite among San Francisco'sbartenders and consumers.
In The Raw 's lineup of all-natural sweeteners continues to expand with the introduction of a new zero-calorie, all-natural sugar substitute.
The introduction is a move to answer the need for a high accuracy audio indexing tool in Mandarin Chinese speaking regions.
The Trusted Computing Group Storage Technical Working Group has been leading the digital storage industry in the introduction of storage security built into individual storage devices.
Jane Goodall gives a wave to an enthusiastic crowd after an introduction by UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake, left.
After the Flood by Robert Polidori, with an introduction by Jeff L Rosenheim Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 333 pp.
The introduction of photography applications for smartphones got me experimenting with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone.
The Last Testament translated and edited by Strobe Talbott, with a foreword by Edward Crankshaw, an introduction by Jerrold L Schecter Little, Brown, 602 pp.
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In science:

In this section we prove the theorems in the introduction except Part (i) of Theorem 1.2 which is Mukhopadhyaya’s Theorem that we already proved in the last section.
Sextactic points on a simple closed curve
And it is these equations that caused the difficulties mentioned in the Introduction.
A simple variational approach to the quantum Frenkel-Kontorova model
Veneziano, “An introduction to dual models of strong interactions and their physical motivations”, Phys.
Large N field theories from superstrings
This theory is called Metric Affine Gravity , and it allows for the introduction of a general non-Riemannian connection.
On the solutions of the Cartan equation in Metric Affine Gravity
On the random cluster model I: Introduction and relation to other models.
The Randomness Recycler: A new technique for perfect sampling
Ciarlet, Introduction to numerical linear algebra and optimisation, Cambridge Univ.
Characterising a universal cloning machine by maximum-likelihood estimation
That is, if the introduction of disorder into a system is relevant, the real-space properties of the physical states can be understood in terms of scaling exponents.
Ground states versus low-temperature equilibria in random field Ising chains
This is an introduction to two-dimensional conformal field theory and its applications in string theory.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
However, the upper bound for M can be reduced to essentially q h N as explained in the introduction.
Coordinate restrictions of linear operators in $l_2^n$
In the introduction we mentioned the sub ject of weighted Dyck paths and speculated about the possibility of an operative definition of path integral in the frame of Dyck paths.
Enumeration of simple random walks and tridiagonal matrices
Widom , Introduction to random matrices, in Springer lect. notes in physics 424, ed.G.F.
Phase transitions and random matrices
New definition of a MP-inverse coincides with given in the Introduction.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
The definition of Moore–Penrose parabolic subgroups given in the Introduction does not look very natural because it depends on the choice of a grading.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
This example is an analogue of a MPinverse of skew-symmetric forms from the Introduction.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
This example is an analogue of a MP-inverse of symmetric forms from the Introduction.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
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