/ˈɪndɛks / (say 'indeks)

noun (plural indexes or indices /ˈɪndəsiz/ (say 'induhseez))
1. a detailed alphabetical key to names, places, and topics in a book with reference to their page number, etc., in the book.
2. something used or serving to point out; a sign, token, or indication: a true index of his character.
3. something that serves to direct attention to some fact, condition, etc.; a guiding principle.
4. a pointer or indicator in a scientific instrument.
5. a piece of wood, metal, or the like, serving as a pointer or indicator.
6. Printing, etc. a sign used to point out a particular note, paragraph, etc.
7. the index finger; the forefinger.
8. Science a number or formula expressing some property, ratio, etc., of a thing indicated.
9. Algebra
a. an exponent.
b. an integer placed as a superscript to the left of a radical sign, its value indicating the root to be extracted.
10. Obsolete a table of contents.
11. Obsolete a preface.
verb (t)
12. to provide with an index, as a book.
13. to enter in an index, as a word.
14. to serve to indicate.
15. to adjust (wages, taxes, etc.) regularly in accordance with changes in commodity and other prices.
{Middle English, from Latin: index, forefinger, sign}
indexer, noun
indexical /ɪnˈdɛksɪkəl/ (say in'deksikuhl), adjective
indexless, adjective
Usage: This word has variant plural forms, indexes being the English plural, and indices being derived from the Latin plural. Either form is acceptable.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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