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artifact in scientific investigation, a spurious result or effect caused by the introduction of unintended elements or variables. [1/2 definitions]
catalysis the introduction or intervention of a substance that causes or speeds up a chemical reaction without being affected itself. [1/2 definitions]
exordium the introduction or beginning, esp. of a formal speech.
fluoridation the introduction of controlled amounts of a fluoride into a public water supply as a preventative of tooth decay.
foreword a preliminary statement or introduction to a written text, such as a book; preface.
hypodermic characterized by injection or introduction under the skin; subcutaneous. [1/4 definitions]
isagoge an introduction, as to a field of scholarly study or research.
modernization a process in which societies are believed to move from less to more advanced forms through the introduction of new technology or through social change. [1/3 definitions]
neologism the introduction or use of new words or meanings. [1/2 definitions]
preamble an introduction to a speech or document, esp. one that explains the purpose of the text to follow. [1/3 definitions]
preface an introduction to a book or other written text that gives information esp. about the author or work. [3/5 definitions]
prefatory of, relating to, or serving as an introduction or preface; preliminary.
presentation formal introduction, as of one person to another. [1/4 definitions]
preview anything that gives some idea in advance of or introduction to a later event, presentation, or the like. [1/4 definitions]
proem a brief introduction; preface, preamble, or prelude.
prologue an introduction to a spoken or written work such as a speech or play; preface. [2/3 definitions]
propaedeutic pertaining to or serving as an introduction to a field of study, esp. in the arts or sciences. [1/2 definitions]
reintroduction combined form of introduction.
short subject a brief film, usu. shown as an introduction to a full-length feature, or between two full-length films.
theme song a melody or song identified with a play, movie, television program, or the like, esp. one used as an introduction or closing, or one used to create a certain mood or tone.
well1 used as a filler during a pause in a conversation, or as an introduction to a sentence. [1/16 definitions]