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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 number or ratio ( a value on a scale of measurement) derived from a series of observed facts; can reveal relative changes as a function of time
  6. a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number
  7. adjust through indexation; " The government indexes wages and prices"
  8. provide with an index, as of a book
  9. provide with an index; " index the book"
  10. That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses.
  11. 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.
  12. A prologue indicating what follows.
  13. The second digit, that next pollex, in the manus, or hand; the forefinger; index finger.
  14. The figure or letter which shows the power or root of a quantity; the exponent.
  15. To provide with an index or table of references; to put into an index; as, to index a book, or its contents.
  16. The ratio, or formula expressing the ratio, of one dimension of a thing to another dimension; as, the vertical index of the cranium.
  17. 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.
  18. Shortening or summarizing of documents; assigning of descriptors for referencing documents.
  19. 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.
  20. To provide with an alphabetical table of references.
  21. 1. The second finger ( the thumb being counted as the first), forefinger, or pointing finger. 2. A number denoting the relation, in respect of size, capacity, or function, of one part or thing to another, the latter being usually taken as 1 or 100. 3. A list of subjects, with page references, treated of in a book.
  22. Finger next to the thumb.
  23. 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.
  24. To provide with or place in an index.
  25. Anything that points out; table of contents.
  26. To provide with an index; enter in an index.
  27. An indicator, pointer, etc.
  28. An alphabetic list of matter, as in a book.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. That which points out; a table of references; in alg., the indicator of the power of a quantity.
  32. To provide with or form a table of references to, as to a book.
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Quotes of index

  1. I will be happy with certainly when the corruption index improve. – Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
  2. Whenever I am sent a new book on the lively arts, the first thing I do is look for myself in the index – Julie Burchill
  3. Batter strikeouts continue to go up like the Consumer Price Index – Leonard Robert Davids
  4. There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice. – Benjamin Disraeli
  5. The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work. – Brian Eno
  6. One of the great defects of English books printed in the last century is the want of an index – Lafcadio Hearn
  7. Be true to yourself, and, um, don't worry about some large companies' quarterly profit index – Natalie Merchant
  8. In order to know the true situation of a Planet at any particular time, the small set of balls are to be put each on its respective axis; then the winch to be turned round until each index points to the given time. – David Rittenhouse
  9. I would say to my colleague that the misery index inflation and unemployment, when added together is the lowest it has been in the last series of Presidents, even going back to Jimmy Carter. So I think the Bush administration is doing a good job. – Cliff Stearns
  10. We have been restraining the growth of the cost of education -that is, tuition, room and board -to be within approximately one and a half percentage points of the consumer price index – Charles Vest
  11. I found out only recently that we were making an index of enemy code signs. – Mary Wesley
  12. The level of shyness has gone up dramatically in the last decade. I think shyness is an index of social pathology rather than a pathology of the individual. – Philip Zimbardo

Usage examples for index

  1. 4 2. Column and index of minimum thermometer . – Liquid Drops and Globules, their Formation and Movements by Chas. R. Darling
  2. 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
  3. Is that lovely face, so exquisitely pale, a true index of the spirit within? – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  4. 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
  5. Touch lightly with two index fingers. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  6. Thus in a broad head the cephalic index is high, while in a narrow head it is low. – Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders by T. Eric Peet
  7. 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
  8. An index on the side of the instrument records the number of fathoms of wire paid out. – Lectures in Navigation by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  9. 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
  10. You are aware the mouth is the index to the character? – Wych Hazel by Susan and Anna Warner
  11. Turning to the index the editor has styled them Hamilton Struggle and Hamilton Leucknor. –  by
  12. 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
  13. The form of the fields alone was an index to the character of the farmers who cultivated them. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  14. Ted, I hadn't thought of that as an index of Norwood's business ability, but damned if I don't think your reason as good as mine. – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  15. His reviews usually end with, " There is no index or, " There is an excellent index – Definitions by Henry Seidel Canby
  16. 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
  17. On the following day were open- air meetings, which gave a better index of public opinion. – The New Germany by George Young
  18. In the Index I changed the spelling of " Aglonquins" to " Algonquins". – Moon Lore by Timothy Harley
  19. 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
  20. 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