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)
Words nearby index
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Example sentences from the Web for indexical
The indexical signs participating in these representations are footprints, feathers, bloodstains.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for indexical (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for indexical (2 of 2)
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
Derived forms of indexindexer, nounindexless, adjective
Word Origin for index
Medical definitions for indexical
n. pl. in•dex•es
Other words from indexin′dex′ v.
Cultural definitions for indexical
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.