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 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 Formsindexer, nounindexless, adjective
Word Origin for index
Medicine definitions for indexical
n. pl. in•dex•es
Related formsin′dex′ v.
Culture 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.