I. noun (plural indexes or indices) Etymology: Latin indic-, index, from indicare to indicate Date: 1561 1. a. a device (as the pointer on a scale or the gnomon of a sundial) that serves to indicate a value or quantity b. something (as a physical feature or a mode of expression) that leads one to a particular fact or conclusion ; indication 2. a list (as of bibliographical information or citations to a body of literature) arranged usually in alphabetical order of some specified datum (as author, subject, or keyword): as a. a list of items (as topics or names) treated in a printed work that gives for each item the page number where it may be found b. thumb index c. a bibliographical analysis of groups of publications that is usually published periodically d. a list of publicly traded companies and their stock prices 3. a list of restricted or prohibited material; specifically capitalized a formerly published list of books the reading of which was prohibited or restricted for Roman Catholics by the church authorities 4. plural usually indices a number or symbol or expression (as an exponent) associated with another to indicate a mathematical operation to be performed or to indicate use or position in an arrangement <
3 is the index of the expression ∛5 to indicate the cube root of 5
5. a character ☞ used to direct attention to a note or paragraph — called also fist 6. a. a number (as a ratio) derived from a series of observations and used as an indicator or measure; specifically index number b. the ratio of one dimension of a thing (as an anatomical structure) to another dimension II. verb Date: 1720 transitive verb 1. a. to provide with an index b. to list in an index <
all persons and places mentioned are carefully indexed
2. to serve as an index of 3. to regulate (as wages, prices, or interest rates) by indexation intransitive verb to index something • indexer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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