subscript

[suhb-skript]

adjective

written below (distinguished from adscript, superscript).

noun

Also called subfix. any character, number, or symbol written next to and slightly below another.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. subscapular nerve,
  2. subscribe,
  3. subscribe to,
  4. subscriber,
  5. subscriber trunk dialling,
  6. subscription,
  7. subscription edition,
  8. subscription library,
  9. subscription television,
  10. subscriptive

Origin of subscript

1695–1705; < Latin subscrīptus (past participle of subscrībere to subscribe), equivalent to sub- sub- + scrīb(ere) to write + -tus past participle suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for subscript

subscript

adjective

printing (of a character) written or printed below the lineCompare superscript

noun

Also called: subindex a subscript character
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Word Origin and History for subscript

subscript

n.

1704, "that which is written underneath," from Latin subscriptus, past participle of subscribere "write underneath" (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).

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