noun, plural in·dex·es, in·di·ces [in-duh-seez] /ˈɪn dəˌsiz/.
- a value that identifies and is used to locate a particular element within a data array or table.
- a reference table that contains the keys or references needed to address data items.
- an exponent.
- the integer n in a radical defining the n-th root: ∛ is a radical having index three.
- a subscript or superscript indicating the position of an object in a series of similar objects, as the subscripts 1, 2, and 3 in the series x1, x2, x3.
- winding number.
- a table of contents.
- a preface or prologue.
verb (used with object)
Origin of index
Examples from the Web for indexed
Contemporary Examples of indexed
On the runway and off, models are often indexed against big moments—covers, campaigns, and runway shows.How Oscar de la Renta Made Me a Supermodel
March 20, 2014
She wants to increase the minimum wage up to a living wage—$16.70/hour and indexed to inflation—gradually by 2022.Could a Pro-Pot Lesbian Become the Next Governor of Maryland?
March 11, 2014
The Russian Trading System indexed dropped 12 percent on Monday, though seems to have recovered somewhat over the last two days.Britain’s KGB Sugar Daddy
March 7, 2014
And because Social Security benefits are indexed to wages and inflation, so is the likely trajectory of the system's finances.You're Doing it Wrong: Social Security Life Expectancy Calculations
January 7, 2013
Lowering tax rates for everyone makes more people subject to the AMT, because it is not indexed for inflation.How Did We Leave Behind A Whopping Middle-class Tax Hike?
December 21, 2012
Historical Examples of indexed
From a drawer of his desk the Admiral drew out an indexed book.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
They lay with others neatly typed and indexed in Heldon Foyle's office.The Grell Mystery
Arranged, bound, indexed, all these at once become accessible and valuable.Medical Essays
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
You have seen scores of such books and know how they are indexed and priced.Paul and the Printing Press
Sara Ware Bassett
It has been labelled and indexed and filed away in the archives of the profession.The Blind Spot
noun plural -dexes or -dices (-dɪˌsiːz)
- another name for exponent (def. 4)
- a number or variable placed as a superscript to the left of a radical sign indicating by its value the root to be extracted, as in ³√8 = 2
- a subscript or superscript to the right of a variable to express a set of variables, as in using x i for x 1, x 2, x 3, etc
Word Origin for index
"compile an index," 1720, from index (n.). Related: Indexed; indexing.
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.
n. pl. in•dex•es
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.