Pundit Niall Ferguson constructed a Twitter-based index that calculates relative prestige as the ratio of tweets to followers.
Every petty little hiccup that beset its launch was magnified as an index of its chronic malfunction.
In 2001 he had the index cards transcribed and sent the typescript to trusted friends like Stephen Parker and myself.
And when you index the data—i.e., when you compare the percentage change in the two metrics—a different picture emerges.
I use a method I learned when I was 14, in Western Civilization class, cataloguing ideas on index cards, in shoe boxes.
It "thunders in the index," but disappears after the front page.
He flipped an index, then punched a combination of numbers on his selector.
He was hunched over a typewriter, laboriously poking at the keys with the index finger of each hand.
At the end of the tenth volume is an index to the whole ten volumes.
We have seen that the book is an index to his reading: let us see now how many indications it gives us of his life.
late 14c., "the forefinger," from Latin index (genitive indicis) "forefinger, pointer, sign, list," literally "anything which points out," from indicare "point out" (see indication). Meaning "list of a book's contents" is first attested 1570s, from Latin phrases such as Index Nominum "Index of Names," index expurgatorius "specification of passages to be deleted from works otherwise permitted." Scientific sense (refractive index, etc.) is from 1829; economic sense (cost-of-living index, etc.) is from 1870, from the scientific usage, from sense "an indicator." The Church sense of "forbidden books" is from index librorum prohibitorum, first published 1564 by authority of Pius IV.
"compile an index," 1720, from index (n.). Related: Indexed; indexing.
index in·dex (ĭn'děks')
n. pl. in·dex·es or in·di·ces (-dĭ-sēz')
A guide, standard, indicator, symbol, or number indicating the relation of one part or thing to another in respect to size, capacity, or function.
A core or mold used to record or maintain the relative position of a tooth or teeth to one another or to a cast.
A guide, usually made of plaster, used to reposition teeth, casts, or parts.
The index finger.
An alphabetical list of subjects treated in a book. It usually appears at the end of the book and identifies page numbers on which information about each subject appears.