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Definition 1: the finger next to the thumb - [noun denoting body]

Synonyms for index in the sense of this definition

(index is a kind of ...) any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb)

"her fingers were long and thin"

Definition 2: an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed - [noun denoting communication]

(index is a kind of ...) a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)

(... is a kind of index ) an index of all main words in a book along with their immediate contexts

(index is a part of ...) a significant word used in indexing or cataloging

(... is part of index) written matter following the main text of a book

Definition 3: 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 - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for index in the sense of this definition

(index is a kind of ...) a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened

"he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts"

(... is a kind of index ) a measure of someone's weight in relation to height; to calculate one's BMI, multiply one's weight in pounds and divide that by the square of one's height in inches; overweight is a BMI greater than 25; obese is a BMI greater than 30

(... is a kind of index ) a statistical compilation that provides a context for economic or financial conditions

"this business index is computed relative to the base year of 2005"

(... is a kind of index ) one of 11 indicators for different sections of the economy; used by the Department of Commerce to predict economic trends in the near future

(... is a kind of index ) an index that traces the relative changes in the price of an individual good (or a market basket of goods) over time

(... is a kind of index ) the aggregate of short sales on an open market

(... is a kind of index ) index based on a statistical compilation of the share prices of a number of representative stocks

Definition 4: a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for index in the sense of this definition

(index is a kind of ...) a notation used by mathematicians

(... is a kind of index ) the highest power of a term or variable

(... is a kind of index ) the exponent required to produce a given number

Definition 5: a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number - [noun denoting linkdef]

(index is a kind of ...) an ordered reference standard

"judging on a scale of 1 to 10"

(... is a kind of index ) the margin required in order to insure safety

"in engineering the margin of safety is the strength of the material minus the anticipated stress"

Definition 6: adjust through indexation - [verb of cognition]

Samples where index or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The government indexes wages and prices

(index is a kind of ...) shape or influence; give direction to

"experience often determines ability" "mold public opinion"

Definition 7: provide with an index - [verb of possession]

Samples where index or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • index the book

(index is a kind of ...) give something useful or necessary to

"We provided the room with an electrical heater"

(index belongs to category ...) the business of issuing printed matter for sale or distribution

(index is a kind of ...) include in a list

"Am I listed in your register?"

(... is a kind of index ) make an index that refers from one point to the next

"These references are cross-indexed"

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