• Index
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v index adjust through indexation "The government indexes wages and prices"
    • v index provide with an index "index the book"
    • v index list in an index
    • n index the finger next to the thumb
    • n index an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed
    • n index 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
    • n index a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
    • n index a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Index (computers) A file containing a table with the addresses of data items, arranged for rapid and convenient search for the addresses.
    • Index A number providing a measure of some quantity derived by a formula, usually a form of averaging, from multiple quantities; -- used mostly in economics; as, the index of leading indicators; the index of industrial production; the consumer price index . See, for example, the consumer price index.
    • Index (computers) A number which serves as a label for a data item and also represents the address of a data item within a table or array.
    • Index A prologue indicating what follows.
    • Index A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and the like, in a book, usually giving the page on which a particular word or topic may be found; -- usually alphabetical in arrangement, and printed at the end of the volume. Typically found only in non-fiction books.
    • Index (printing) 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 or other form of pointer on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument.
    • Index That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses; as, the increasing unemployment rate is an index of how much the economy has slowed. "Tastes are the indexes of the different qualities of plants."
    • Index (R. C. Ch) The Index prohibitorius, a catalogue of books which are forbidden by the church to be read; also called Index of forbidden books and Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
    • Index (Math) The figure or letter which shows the power or root of a quantity; the exponent.
    • Index The ratio, or formula expressing the ratio, of one dimension of a thing to another dimension; as, the vertical index of the cranium.
    • Index (Anat) The second finger, that next to the pollex (thumb), in the manus, or hand; the forefinger; index finger.
    • Index (Economics) To adjust (wages, prices, taxes, etc.) automatically so as to compensate for changes in prices, usually as measured by the consumer price index or other economic measure. Its purpose is usually to copensate for inflation.
    • Index To insert (a word, name, file folder, etc.) into an index or into an indexed arrangement; as, to index a contract under its date of signing.
    • Index To provide with an index or table of references; to put into an index; as, to index a book, or its contents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n index That which points out; anything that shows, indicates, or manifests.
    • n index In logic, a sign which signifies its object by virtue of being really connected with it. Demonstrative and relative pronouns are nearly pure indices, because they denote things without describing them; so are the letters on a geometrical diagram, and the subscript numbers which in algebra distinguish one value from another without showing what those values are.
    • n index Something intended to point out, guide, or direct, as the hand of a clock or a steam-gage, the style of a sun-dial, an arm of a guide-post, or the figure of a hand .
    • n index A detailed alphabetic (or, rarely, classified) list or table of the topics, names of persons, places, etc., treated or mentioned in a book or a series of books, pointing out their exact positions in the volume.
    • n index Prelude; prologue.
    • n index In anatomy, the forefinger or pointing finger.
    • n index In ornithology, the principal or middle digit of the wing of a bird: so called by those who hold that it is homologous with the forefinger of a mammal; by those who hold that the middle digit of the wing is the middle digit of a mammal, the pollex or thumb of a bird's wing is called the index.
    • n index In mathematics, the figure or letter which shows to what power a quantity is involved; the exponent. In the theory of numbers the index of a number to a given base for a given prime modulus of which that base is a prime root is the index of the power of the base which is congruous to the number. (See exponent, 3.) The index-law is the principle that aa = adjective The word index is, besides, used in various special senses in mathematics. See phrases below.
    • n index In crystallography, in the notation of Whewell and Miller, one of three whole numbers which define the position of a face of a crystal: in the notation of Bravais, four numbers constitute the indices of a face of a hexagonal crystal.
    • n index In musical notation, a direct.
    • n index [capitalized] Same as Index Expurgatorius.
    • n index See craniometry.
    • index To point out, as an index; indicate.
    • index To make an index to, or place in an index: as, to index a book, or the contents of a book.
    • n index In instruments having graduated circles for angular measurement, the pointer or mark on the movable arm which is so placed as to move in close proximity to the graduated circle and thus to indicate the angle passed over between any two given positions of the arm; also, the arm or revolving member pivoted at the center of the graduated circle, which carries the index-mark or pointer.
    • n index The numerical value of a measured object or process, or of a counted phenomenon, expressed in percentage of another measured object, or process, or counted phenomenon: applied particularly in measurements of organisms for expressing the ratio between the sizes of two organs. See craniometry.
    • n index In forestry, the highest average actually found upon a given locality.
    • n index Same as palatomaxillary or palatoalveolar index. Turner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Index in′deks anything that indicates or points out: a hand that directs to anything, as the hour of the day, &c.: the forefinger: alphabetical list of subjects treated of in a book:
    • v.t Index to provide with or place in an index
    • n Index in′deks (math.) the exponent of a power
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Beauty is the index of a larger fact than wisdom.”
  • Abigail Van Buren
    Abigail Van Buren
    “The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.”
  • Tertullian
    “You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.”
  • Zadoc Rabinowitz
    Zadoc Rabinowitz
    “A man's dreams are an index to his greatness.”
  • Proverb
    “The face is the index of the mind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. index,. See Indicate Diction
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. index, indicisindicāre, to show.


In literature:

The condition of the cemetery is a good index of community spirit.
"The Farmer and His Community" by Dwight Sanderson
Maps and Plans, with Explanatory Notes, Complete Index.
"The Story of a Tinder-box" by Charles Meymott Tidy
Identification Classified was next, a great barn of a room filled with index files.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
She clicked on the library's view-screen, tapped the clearing and index buttons.
"Novice" by James H. Schmitz
From these facts we learn that the sensations, are not always a correct index of the real temperature.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The third Index consists of references to the subjects touched upon.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
My adjustment index is zero-zero.
"The Cartels Jungle" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
With Explanatory Notes, Metrical Index, Remarks on Classical Versification, Index of Proper Names, &c. By Prof. Thomas Chase.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
INDEX, of prohibited books, ii.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
She was remarkable for the sweetness of her expression, which was the index of her disposition.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, July, 1850." by Various

In poetry:

A jewel trembling on the tongue,
The index of the heart;
The black mask from the spirit wrung.
Revealing every part.
"Words" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Don't mind if the index of sense is at zero,
Use words that run smoothly, whatever they mean;
Leander and Lilian and Lillibullero
Are much the same thing in the rhyming machine.
"A Familiar Letter" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
ERE yet the warning chimes of midnight sound,
Set back the flaming index of the year,
Track the swift-shifting seasons in their round
Through fivescore circles of the swinging sphere!
"Humboldt’s Birthday" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
We will sidestep, and to the final smirk
Dally the doom of that inevitable thumb
That slowly chafes its puckered index toward us,
Facing the dull squint with what innocence
And what surprise!
"Chaplinesque" by Harold Hart Crane
But there's a glory brighter far
Than all that earth has given;
A beacon, like the index-star,
That points the way to heaven:
It is a life well spent--its close
The cloudless sundown of repose.
"Champions Of Liberty." by George Pope Morris
See to your book, young lady; let it be
An index to your life — each page be pure,
By vanity uncolored, and by vice
Unspotted. Cheerful be each modest leaf,
Not rude; and pious be each written page,
Without hypocrisy, be it devout;
"Written For An Album" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

The Global Index of Press Freedom 2011-2012.
Bloomberg Rankings' March 14 article about Georgia Lottery players – placing the state's participants in a so-called "Sucker Index" – failed to meet the basic standards of journalism, grossly lacking fairness, objectivity and accuracy.
Kraft Foods Group, the North American grocery business that is set to spin off from Kraft (KFT) later this year, will join the S&P 500 on at the close of trading on Oct 1, the index said on Wednesday.
In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.8 percent at 5,616 while the CAC-40 in France rose 1.2 percent to 3,235.
Humidity, temperature, heat index, and winds are pretty easy to understand.
For ' Dharma Indexes,' Firms' Conduct Matters.
Business Index Disc Jockey .
The Dow fell 156 points to close at 12442 – the index's 11th loss in 12 days – after a pair of discouraging economic reports unnerved investors already worried about a possible exit from the euro by Greece.
The Price Index Divergence .
Introducing an innovative, new index crediting option designed to provide individuals with valuable portfolio diversification .
The S&P/Case-Shiller Index, a leading indicator of US housing prices, showed declines in both of its MSA indices for September 2011.
The 10-city index dropped 0.4%, and the 20-city index slid 0.6% compared to the previous month.
The predictive index designed by the Government to plot the economy fell three-tenths of 1 percent in September to produce the first back-to-back declines since 1991, the Commerce Department reported today.
Business Index Laundry/ Dry Cleaning .
The consumer price index has actually fallen 1.3% in the past 12 months.

In science:

For gauge fields in the adjoint representation the Dyson index of the continuum Dirac operator is β = 4, whereas the Dyson index of the staggered lattice discretization is β = 1.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
It remains to show that the index of this quotient is larger than the index of πgK respectively π2gK .
Large characteristic subgroups of surface groups not containing any simple loops
Notation. λ, u(·), µ(·) and m(·) are [J, 1] vectors, indexed by j . x, p and r are [m, 1] vectors, indexed by i, with m finite or infinite. α is [T , 1] vector indexed by t.
Minimax Entropy and Maximum Likelihood. Complementarity of tasks, identity of solutions
Let us call the coordinates of M 4 × S/R space zM = When S/R is symmetric, f c (xm , yα), where α is a curved index of the coset, a is a tangent space index and y defines an element of S which is a coset representative, L(y ).
Supersymmetry Breaking by Dimensional Reduction over Coset Spaces
Corresponding to any index a for su(N ) we introduce the index A = (0, a), so that A runs from 0 to N 2 − 1.
Renormalization of noncommutative U(N) gauge theories