Definitions for subscriptˈsʌb skrɪpt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•scriptˈsʌb skrɪpt(adj.)

  1. written below

    Ref: (disting. from superscript ).

  2. Category: Printing

    Ref: inferior (def. 7). 9

  3. Category: Printing

    Ref: Also called inferior.

Origin of subscript:

1695–1705; < L subscrīptus, ptp. of subscrībere to subscribe

Princeton's WordNet

  1. subscript, inferior(adj)

    a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character

  2. subscript, inferior(adj)

    written or printed below and to one side of another character


  1. subscript(Noun)

    A type of lettering form written lower than the things around it.

    In chemical formulas the number of atoms in a molecule is written as a subscript, so we write HO for water which has two atoms of hydrogen for each one of oxygen.

  2. subscript(Noun)

    A numerical index into an array.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subscript(adj)

    written below or underneath; as, iota subscript. (See under Iota.) Specifically (Math.), said of marks, figures, or letters (suffixes), written below and usually to the right of other letters to distinguish them; as, a, n, 2, in the symbols Xa, An, Y2. See Suffix, n., 2, and Subindex

  2. Subscript(noun)

    anything written below


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