introduction

 /ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃən/



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
in•tro•duc•tion /ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃən/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. [uncountable] the act of introducing or the state of being introduced.
  2. [countable] a formal personal presentation of one person to another or others.
  3. [countable] a preliminary part, as of a book, musical composition, or the like, leading up to the main part.
  4. [countable] a book, lecture, etc., that provides basic knowledge of a subject:an introduction to music history.
See -duc-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

introduction /ˌɪntrəˈdʌkʃən/ n
  1. the act of introducing or fact of being introduced
  2. a presentation of one person to another or others
  3. a means of presenting a person to another person, group, etc, such as a letter of introduction or reference
  4. a preliminary part, as of a book, speech, etc
  5. an instrumental passage preceding the entry of a soloist, choir, etc
  6. an opening passage in a movement or composition that precedes the main material
  7. something that has been or is introduced, esp something that is not native to an area, country, etc
  8. a basic or elementary work of instruction, reference, etc



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