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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 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