a series of labeled notches cut along the fore edge of a book, to indicate the divisions or sections.
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Origin of thumb index
First recorded in 1900–05
Words nearby thumb index
Definition for thumb index (2 of 2)
[ thuhm-in-deks ]
/ ˈθʌmˌɪn dɛks /
verb (used with object)
to provide (a book) with a thumb index.
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British Dictionary definitions for thumb index
a series of indentations cut into the fore edge of a book to facilitate quick reference
(tr) to furnish with a thumb index
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