• Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to Virginia during the 17th century
    Brass weights and a piece of scrap brass unearthed at Jamestown. Records indicate that many metalworkers emigrated to Virginia during the 17th century
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indicator a device for showing the operating condition of some system
    • n indicator 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 indicator a signal for attracting attention
    • n indicator (chemistry) a substance that changes color to indicate the presence of some ion or substance; can be used to indicate the completion of a chemical reaction or (in medicine) to test for a particular reaction
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Bump That Indicates That You Will Steal 077 Bump That Indicates That You Will Steal 077
Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Surveys indicate that the number one reason people play BINGO is for leisure
    • Indicator A pressure gauge; a water gauge, as for a steam boiler; an apparatus or instrument for showing the working of a machine or moving part
    • Indicator (Mach) A telltale connected with a hoisting machine, to show, at the surface, the position of the cage in the shaft of a mine, etc.
    • Indicator (Mach) An instrument which draws a diagram showing the varying pressure in the cylinder of an engine or pump at every point of the stroke. It consists of a small cylinder communicating with the engine cylinder and fitted with a piston which the varying pressure drives upward more or less against the resistance of a spring. A lever imparts motion to a pencil which traces the diagram on a card wrapped around a vertical drum which is turned back and forth by a string connected with the piston rod of the engine. See Indicator cardbelow).
    • Indicator (Zoöl) Any bird of the genus Indicator and allied genera. See Honey guide, under Honey.
    • Indicator One who, or that which, shows or points out; as, a fare indicator in a street car.
    • Indicator (Chem) That which indicates the condition of acidity, alkalinity, or the deficiency, excess, or sufficiency of a standard reagent, by causing an appearance, disappearance, or change of color, as in titration or volumetric analysis.
    • Indicator (Mech) The part of an instrument by which an effect is indicated, as an index or pointer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Research indicates that babies who suck on pacifiers are more prone to ear aches
    • n indicator One who indicates or points out; that which points out, directs, or reports, as a grade-post on a railroad, the pointer on a steam-gage, etc. It is used in compound names to describe a number of gaging or indicating appliances: as, leak-indicator, speed-indicator, etc.
    • n indicator Specifically— A steam (cylinder) pressure-gage. It is an apparatus for recording the variations of pressure or vacuum in the cylinder of a steam-engine. The accompanying cut represents a type of the indicator. The pipe with the stop-cock is screwed to the cylinder so that when the cock is opened the pressure of the steam within may enter the cylinder above, press the piston upward against the action of a spring constructed to give a definite resistance in pounds per square inch, and cause the lever-arm to rise and mark on the hollow cylinder at the left a vertical trace, the altitude of which measures the pressure. A card or a sheet of paper may be fitted to this cylinder, and the trace be made on the paper. The hollow cylinder is free to revolve, if drawn by the loose cord hanging from it. To operate the indicator, the cord is connected with some moving part of the engine so that a single stroke of the piston causes the cylinder and the card to revolve once (the return being secured by a spring) as the pencil makes one mark. Since the pencil-mark is timed to one stroke of the engine, the resulting curved line on the card gives a graphic report of the pressure or vacuum of the steam during one complete stroke. Such graphic curves are called indicator-diagrams, the marked card being called an indicator-card. See indicator-diagram, under diagram
    • n indicator The dial and pointer of a signal-telegraph used on private lines, where rapidity of delivery of the messages is not important. It consists of a dial having the letters of the alphabet printed upon it, and a pointer that traverses the circle, pausing before the letters of the word transmitted, thus spelling out the message. See telegraph.
    • n indicator In a microscope, an arrangement for marking the position of a particular object in the field of view. Quekett's indicator was a steel finger connected with the eyepiece.
    • n indicator In mining, an arrangement by means of which the position of the cage in the shaft is known to the man in charge of the winding-engine.
    • n indicator In the theory of numbers, the exponent of that power of any number less than and prime to any modulus, which power is the least power of the same number congruous to unity.
    • n indicator In anatomy, the extensor indicis, a muscle which extends the forefiuger, as in the act of pointing. It arises from the back of the ulna, and is inserted into the index-finger, which can thus be straightened independently of the other fingers.
    • n indicator In ornithology: A honey-guide; a species of the genus Indicator or family Indicatoridæ.
    • n indicator [capitalized] The typical and leading genus of Indicatoridæ, established by Vieillot in 1816. I. major and I. minor are examples. See Indicatoridæ.
    • n indicator In railroad signaling, a device for informing the leverman in a signal-cabin that a train is about to start from the station and indicating which track it will take; in its broadest sense, any appliance for displaying, in the signal-cabin, the condition of a track or of all the tracks in a yard, the position of the signals, semaphores, switches, and signal-lamps, the trains at rest, or moving, or about to enter or leave any block, etc. The indicator may be a number on a drop-plate, a disk or banneret, or a miniature signal-arm, and it may give information by its appearance or disappearance or by its position. It may also give a signal by means of a bell. An indicator may be operated from a distant station or cabin by a push-button, or it may be automatic, or it may be controlled by a train through a track-circuit.
    • n indicator In mining, an appearance of the surface of the ground which shows the presence of a mineral underneath.
    • n indicator Naval: An apparatus used in conjunction with a transmitter, operated by mechanical or electrical means for signaling orders from a central position to the various places on a war-ship at which the orders are to be executed. The transmitter is manipulated by the operator in the central station or in the conning-tower to show any desired order, and the same order is shown on one or more indicators connected to the transmitter by wires or shafting. A range-indicator shows the range of the object at which the guns are to be fired; a battle-order indicator shows various orders such as ‘commence firing,’ ‘load with shell,’ etc. An apparatus to show at a convenient Point the position of any mechanism: as, a revolution-indicator to show the direction of revolution of the main engines; a rudder -indicator, to show the position of the helm or rudder; a turret-indicator, to show the position of the turret guns with reference to the fore-and-aft line of the ship; etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Reports from owners of cats and dogs indicate that 21% of dogs and 7% of cats snore
    • n Indicator one who indicates: an instrument on a steam-engine to show the pressure
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  • Sidney J. Harris
    “If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size?”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L.: cf. F. indicateur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. indicāre, -ātumin, in, dicāre, to proclaim.


In literature:

Wherever we wish to indicate an emotion.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
A large modulus indicates a stiff material.
"The Mechanical Properties of Wood" by Samuel J. Record
A smaller shadow, flitting to and fro among the larger ones, indicated either a dwarf or a child.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Try your skill at making the connection between the indication and the characteristics which, according to the science, it indicates.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
The grave is generally of one of the forms indicated in Fig.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Did the Lord indicate that there should be any exception to this rule relative to Jacob and Esau?
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
The first three gospels contain indications that Jesus must have visited Judea before the close of his life.
"The Life of Jesus of Nazareth" by Rush Rhees
She beckoned him carelessly and indicated a place near her in a corner seat.
"The Lure of the North" by Harold Bindloss
Dust and filth were everywhere, but no indication of dampness or decay.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
To them it was wonderful shooting, as indeed it would have been had it indicated anything but the most reckless luck.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White

In poetry:

Runs swiftly up, indicating war and defiance—And now the halyards
have rais'd it,
Side of my banner broad and blue—side of my starry banner,
Discarding peace over all the sea and land.
"Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break" by Walt Whitman
Books, friendships, philosophers, priests, action, pleasure, pride,
beat up and down, seeking to give satisfaction;
He indicates the satisfaction, and indicates them that beat up and
down also.
"Now List To My Morning's Romanza" by Walt Whitman
A solitary bird was seen by the writer, making its toilsome flight
against a strong storm-wind. The peculiar undulating flight, the
gathering darkness of the night, and the portentous indications of storm
suggested this:
"The Lone Bird" by Jared Barhite
Seeing the yellow-brown nipa with their stamens half erect, eating the kankali
flowers whose first buds have appeared on every bank, and smelling the
highly fragrant scent of the forest earth, the deer will indicate the way to the
"The Cloud Messenger - Part 01" by Kalidasa
E` una fanciulla pallida--e bella. Ella s'avanza,
Tenendo sulle labbra--l'indice, a passi lievi.
Le sue pupille intorno--schizzano lampi brevi
E inquieti, e, scorgendo--cola` soltanto il boia,
Si volgono all'usciuolo--scintillanti di gioia.
"Mastro Spaghi" by Ferdinando Fontana
Never reject a homely-sounding phrase,
That your whole meaning easily conveys,
For one made current by some courtly wit
Which barely indicates a shade of it,
Or which—for probably it so may fall—
Does not express what you would mean at all.
"The Nevers of Poetry" by Charles Harpur

In news:

If the first six months of this year are any indication, voting by members of Walbridge Village Council in the next six will follow a pattern on one issue – Mayor Dan Wilczynski's attendance at council meetings.
A new study indicates that Protestants are no longer in the majority in the United States, due in large part to the growing number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation .
Yet, while deeply disturbing, the situation is neither unexpected, nor necessarily an indication of a significant shift in the nation's character.
For the fourth week in the last six, federally Inspected (FI) hog slaughter was lower than the levels indicated by the USDA's March Hogs and Pigs Report (Figure 1).
Last week's total of 1.954 million head was roughly 55,000 lower than the report indicated.
Bacteria indicates poor water quality, possible risk of E.coli.
The bacteria are an indication of poor water quality and the potential presence of E.
The bacteria is an indication of poor water quality and the potential presence of E.
A)follow-up testing to verify whether the coliforms indicated the presence of any harmful bacteria in the water (there was not).
Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present.
Fecal coliforms and E. Coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.
Effluent above the septic tank, an indication of a failed absorption field or a crushed or clogged effluent line.
A study released by the University of Wisconsin Medical School this week indicates that a new "virtual" colonoscopy might be an easier way to test whether you have any signs of this killer cancer.
There's been some debate in recent months over how effective colonoscopy really is at saving lives — but new research indicates polyp removal during the procedure can actually cut colon cancer deaths in half.
An extended tone will sound indicating the new combination has replaced the old combination .

In science:

Because many of our indices will be geometric (covariant/contravariant) indices, while others won’t, we will differentiate them by putting indices which are merely labels (and therefore carry no geometric significance) in parentheses, and the geometric indices without parentheses.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
Xi with indices m ≤ i ≤ n. F n denotes the σ -field generated by Xi with indices i ≥ n and Fm denotes the σ -field generated by Xi with indices i ≤ m.
On the functional central limit theorem via martingale approximation
If the selected past performance indicators are valid, table 19 shows that on average these bibliometric indicators work better on the discipline level, as the correlations between these past performance indicators and the outcome of the refereeing process are slightly better here than on the more aggregated level.
Past Performance as Predictor of Successful Grant Applications: A Case Study
Conclusions The selected performance indicators: (cid:131) Publications can be considered an indicator of productivity; citations as an indicator of diffusion.
Past Performance as Predictor of Successful Grant Applications: A Case Study
Furthermore, if none of the indices k , l are free and ν > 0 and at least one of the other indices in T is free, we wil l say that one of the indices k , l is removable.
The decomposition of Global Conformal Invariants V