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Definition of Index


  1. That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A prologue indicating what follows.
  5. The second digit, that next pollex, in the manus, or hand; the forefinger; index finger.
  6. The figure or letter which shows the power or root of a quantity; the exponent.
  7. To provide with an index or table of references; to put into an index; as, to index a book, or its contents.
  8. The ratio, or formula expressing the ratio, of one dimension of a thing to another dimension; as, the vertical index of the cranium.

Index Quotations

The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.
Cyril Connolly

That should be the measure of success for everyone. It's not money, it's not fame, it's not celebrity; my index of success is happiness.
Lupe Fiasco

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
Brian Eno

You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.

Consistently rated the most peaceable of all countries in the world by the Global Peace Index, Iceland has reduced its military expenditure to zero, has no armed forces, and has reduced the inequality gap between rich and poor.
Scilla Elworthy
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Index Translations

index in Afrikaans is indeks
index in Dutch is indexeren
index in Finnish is taulukko
index in German is indizierte, Verzeichnis
index in Italian is indice, riferimento
index in Norwegian is register, pekefinger, registrere, viser
index in Swedish is register
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