What does index mean?

Definitions for index
ˈɪn dɛks; -dəˌsizin·dex

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. index(noun)

    a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number

  2. index, index number, indicant, indicator(noun)

    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

  3. exponent, power, index(noun)

    a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself

  4. index(noun)

    an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed

  5. index, index finger, forefinger(verb)

    the finger next to the thumb

  6. index(verb)

    list in an index

  7. index(verb)

    provide with an index

    "index the book"

  8. index(verb)

    adjust through indexation

    "The government indexes wages and prices"

GCIDE

  1. Index(n.)

    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.

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  2. Index(n.)

    (computers) A file containing a table with the addresses of data items, arranged for rapid and convenient search for the addresses.

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  3. Index(n.)

    (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.

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  4. Index(n.)

    (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.

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  5. Index(n.)

    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.

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  6. Index(n.)

    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.

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  7. Index(v. t.)

    (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.

  8. Index(v. t.)

    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.

Wiktionary

  1. index(Noun)

    An alphabetical listing of items and their location; for example, the index of a book lists words or expressions and the pages of the book upon which they are to be found.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  2. index(Noun)

    The index finger, the forefinger, or other pointer.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  3. index(Noun)

    A sign; an indication; a token.

    His son's empty guffaws ... struck him with pain as the indices of a weak mind.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  4. index(Noun)

    A type of noun where the meaning of the form changes with respect to the context. E.g., 'Today's newspaper' is an indexical form since its referent will differ depending on the context. See also icon and symbol.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  5. index(Noun)

    A single number calculated from an array of prices or of quantities.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  6. index(Noun)

    A number representing a property or ratio, a coefficient.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  7. index(Noun)

    A raised suffix indicating a power.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  8. index(Noun)

    An integer or other key indicating the location of data e.g. within a vector, database table, associative array, or hash table.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  9. index(Noun)

    A data structure that improves the performance of operations on a table.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  10. index(Verb)

    To arrange an index for something, especially a long text.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

  11. index(Verb)

    To inventory, to take stock.

    Etymology: From index, from indico; see indicate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Index(noun)

    that which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  2. Index(noun)

    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 on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument. In printing, a sign used to direct particular attention to a note or paragraph; -- called also fist

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  3. Index(noun)

    a table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and the like, in a book; -- usually alphabetical in arrangement, and printed at the end of the volume

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  4. Index(noun)

    a prologue indicating what follows

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  5. Index(noun)

    the second digit, that next pollex, in the manus, or hand; the forefinger; index finger

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  6. Index(noun)

    the figure or letter which shows the power or root of a quantity; the exponent

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

  7. Index(verb)

    to provide with an index or table of references; to put into an index; as, to index a book, or its contents

    Etymology: [L.: cf. F. index. See Indicate, Diction.]

Freebase

  1. Index

    An index is a list of words or phrases and associated pointers to where useful material relating to that heading can be found in a document. In a traditional back-of-the-book index the headings will include names of people, places and events, and concepts selected by a person as being relevant and of interest to a possible reader of the book. The pointers are typically page numbers, paragraph numbers or section numbers. In a library catalog the words are authors, titles, subject headings, etc., and the pointers are call numbers. Internet search engines, such as Google, and full text searching help provide access to information but are not as selective as an index, as they provide non-relevant links, and may miss relevant information if it is not phrased in exactly the way they expect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Index

    in′deks, n. 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: (math.) the exponent of a power:—pl. Indexes (in′deks-ez), and in math., Indices (in′di-sēz).v.t. to provide with or place in an index.—ns. In′dex-dig′it, In′dex-fing′er, the forefinger, or in other animals that digit representing the human index.—adjs. Index′ical; In′dexless, without an index.—Index Expurgatorius, in the R.C. Church, an authoritative list of books only to be read in expurgated editions; Index Librorum Expurgandorum, or Index Librorum Prohibitorum, an official list of books which the faithful are absolutely forbidden to read at all under pain of instant excommunication; Index rerum, an index of subjects; Index verborum, an index of words. [L. index, indicisindicāre, to show.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. index

    The flat bar which carries the nonius scale and index-glass of a quadrant, octant, quintant, or sextant.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'index' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2224

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'index' in Nouns Frequency: #892

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of index in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of index in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of index in a Sentence

  1. Unknown:

    If you don't find it in the index, look very carefully through the entire catalogue.

  2. Dejan Ilijevski:

    The most important feature to consider is cost, which has the potential to significantly impact returns over the long term. There is absolutely no reason to pay more than a few basis points to own an index fund.

  3. Angus Nicholson:

    U.S. financials were the top performing sector in the S&P 500 overnight, and a lot of that bullishness has spilled over to Australia. We have had a strong performance from the banks, which make up 48 percent of the index market capitalisation, after all this, Q4 Australian GDP beat estimates quite significantly, which adds fuel to the bullish view on the Australian economy.

  4. Santhanam Suresh:

    I think what we can do . . . is maybe come up with an index for parents to prepare their children for surgery, to get them acquainted with the issues.

  5. James McGlew:

    The big story today really is the banks, nearly two-thirds of the increase in the index today is due to the financials, quite clearly there's an expectation following last week's rate drop that their margins aren't going to be squeezed as tightly as markets were originally thinking.

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