index

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

verb (used with object)


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 formsin·dex·a·ble, adjectivein·dex·er, nounin·dex·i·cal, adjectivein·dex·i·cal·ly, adverbin·dex·less, adjectivenon·in·dexed, adjectiveo·ver·in·dex, verb (used with object)o·ver·in·dex·ing, nounre·in·dex, verb (used with object)un·in·dexed, adjectivewell-in·dexed, adjective
Can be confusedappendix index supplement (see synonym study at appendix)
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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 reindex

index

v.

"compile an index," 1720, from index (n.). Related: Indexed; indexing.

index

n.

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.

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reindex in Medicine

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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reindex in Culture

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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