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subscript

[suhb-skript]
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adjective
  1. written below (distinguished from adscript, superscript).
  2. inferior(def 9).
noun
  1. inferior(def 11).
  2. Also called subfix. any character, number, or symbol written next to and slightly below another.

Origin of subscript

1695–1705; < Latin subscrīptus (past participle of subscrībere to subscribe), equivalent to sub- sub- + scrīb(ere) to write + -tus past participle suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for subscript

subscript

adjective
  1. printing (of a character) written or printed below the lineCompare superscript
noun
  1. Also called: subindex a subscript character
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Word Origin and History for subscript

n.

1704, "that which is written underneath," from Latin subscriptus, past participle of subscribere "write underneath" (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).

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