index

[in-deks]
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noun, plural in·dex·es, in·di·ces [in-duh-seez] /ˈɪn dəˌsiz/.

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. indeterminate equation,
  2. indeterminate sentence,
  3. indeterminate vowel,
  4. indetermination,
  5. indeterminism,
  6. index card,
  7. index case,
  8. index crime,
  9. index expurgatorius,
  10. index extensor muscle

Origin of index

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: informer, pointer, equivalent to in- in-2 + -dec- (combining form of dic-, show, declare, indicate; akin to teach) + -s nominative singular ending

Related forms
Can be confusedappendix index supplement (see synonym study at appendix)

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British Dictionary definitions for indexical

indexical

adjective

arranged as or relating to an index or indexes

noun

Also: deictic logic linguistics a term whose reference depends on the context of utterance, such as I, you, here, now, or tomorrow

index

noun plural -dexes or -dices (-dɪˌsiːz)

an alphabetical list of persons, places, subjects, etc, mentioned in the text of a printed work, usually at the back, and indicating where in the work they are referred to
library science a systematic list of book titles or author's names, giving cross-references and the location of each book; catalogue
an indication, sign, or token
a pointer, needle, or other indicator, as on an instrument
maths
  1. another name for exponent (def. 4)
  2. 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
  3. 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
a numerical scale by means of which variables, such as levels of the cost of living, can be compared with each other or with some base number
a number or ratio indicating a specific characteristic, property, etcrefractive index
Also called: fist a printer's mark (☛) used to indicate notes, paragraphs, etc
obsolete a table of contents or preface

verb (tr)

to put an index in (a book)
to enter (a word, item, etc) in an index
to point out; indicate
to index-link
to move (a machine or a workpiece held in a machine tool) so that one particular operation will be repeated at certain defined intervals
Derived Formsindexer, nounindexless, adjective

Word Origin for index

C16: from Latin: pointer, hence forefinger, title, index, from indicāre to disclose, show; see indicate

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Word Origin and History for indexical
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for indexical

index

[ĭndĕks′]

n. pl. in•dex•es

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.
Related formsindex′ v.


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Culture definitions for indexical

index

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.

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