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Definitions of index

  1. a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
  2. the finger next to the thumb
  3. list in an index
  4. an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed
  5. a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number
  6. adjust through indexation; " The government indexes wages and prices"
  7. provide with an index, as of a book
  8. provide with an index; " index the book"
  9. That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses.
  10. That which guides, points out, informs, or directs; a pointer or a hand that directs to anything, as the hand of a watch, a movable finger on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument. In printing, a sign used to direct particular attention to a note or paragraph; -- called also fist.
  11. A prologue indicating what follows.
  12. The figure or letter which shows the power or root of a quantity; the exponent.
  13. To provide with an index or table of references; to put into an index; as, to index a book, or its contents.
  14. The ratio, or formula expressing the ratio, of one dimension of a thing to another dimension; as, the vertical index of the cranium.
  15. A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and the like, in a book; - usually alphabetical in arrangement, and printed at the end of the volume.
  16. That which points out or indicates; an alphabetical table of the contents of a book; the figure or letter which shows the number of times a quantity is to be multiplied together, as 34 means 3 x 3 x 3 x 3.
  17. To provide with an alphabetical table of references.
  18. Anything that indicates or points out: a hand that directs to anything, as the hour of the day, etc.: the forefinger: alphabetical list of subjects treated of in a book: ( math.) the exponent of a power.
  19. To provide with or place in an index.
  20. To provide with an index; enter in an index.
  21. An indicator, pointer, etc.
  22. An alphabetic list of matter, as in a book.
  23. That which points out or indicates; the hand that points to anything; a list of subjects in a book in alphabetical order; the forefinger or pointing finger; the exponent of a power.
  24. To provide with an index. The index of a logarithm; the integral part of the logarithm; the characteristic. The index of a globe, a little style fitted on the north pole, which, when the globe is turned, serves to point to certain divisions of the hour circle. Index of refraction, the number that expresses the ratio of the sines of the angles of incidence and refraction. Index Expurgatorius. See Expurgatorial.
  25. That which points out; a table of references; in alg., the indicator of the power of a quantity.
  26. To provide with or form a table of references to, as to a book.

Usage examples for index

  1. They were here- page two hundred and thirty- see, there is an index- 'Swain, F., page two hundred and thirty. – The Gloved Hand by Burton E. Stevenson
  2. You are aware the mouth is the index to the character? – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
  3. Is that lovely face, so exquisitely pale, a true index of the spirit within? – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  4. His reviews usually end with, " There is no index," or, " There is an excellent index." – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  5. Counsel, with his index finger still in the place in his brief where he had been interrupted, rose to his feet again and turned to the jury. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  6. Why do we take the face as an index of a woman's beauty, and why do we forgive her when the covered parts are not in harmony with her features? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  7. And the face was an index of the man, for he was so intelligent, kindly and gentle in his manner, that he was a favorite in society; but he was volatile, and easily influenced for good or evil. – From Wealth to Poverty by Austin Potter
  8. It is the life of chemical industry, and the quantity of it consumed is an index of a people's civilization. – An Introduction to Chemical Science by R.P. Williams
  9. They are perhaps the best index of the present economic position of the United States in relation to the other countries of the world. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  10. On the following day were open- air meetings, which gave a better index of public opinion. – The New Germany by George Young
  11. Touch lightly with two index fingers. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  12. And as her soul is pure and clean, and her face is truly the index to her mind, all it betrays but endears her to and makes richer him who reads it. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  13. In the Index, I changed the spelling of " Aglonquins" to " Algonquins". – Moon Lore by Timothy Harley
  14. 4 2. Column and index of minimum thermometer . – Liquid Drops and Globules, their Formation and Movements by Chas. R. Darling
  15. The home and the daily surroundings are the explanation of what the pupil is and an index to what he needs. – Training the Teacher by A. F. Schauffler Antoinette Abernethy Lamoreaux Martin G. Brumbaugh Marion Lawrance
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