- The definition of indices is the plural of index, which is a listing or an indicator.
An example of indices are telephone book listings.
A plural of index.
- plural form of index (when used in the sense of a key to locate an element in a list, vector or matrix in computing or mathematics)
- Both plurals are in common use. The OED claims that when referring to a directory listing, the plural indexes should be used.
Variant of index
nounpl. indexes or indices
- index finger
- a pointer or indicator, as the needle on a dial
- a thing that points out; indication; sign; representation: performance is an index of ability
- an alphabetical list of names, subjects, etc. together with the page numbers where they appear in the text, usually placed at the end of a book or other publication
- thumb index
- a list describing the items of a collection and where they may be found; catalog: a library index
- Index Librorum Prohibitorum
- Index Expurgatorius
- a periodical that lists books according to subject, with publishing information and summary of contents
- the relation or ratio of one amount or dimension to another, or the formula expressing this relation: cranial index
- a number used to measure change in prices, wages, employment, production, etc.: it shows percentage variation from an arbitrary standard, usually 100, representing the status at some earlier timein full index number
- exponent (sense )
- a subscript
- an integer or symbol placed above and to the left of a radical: ,
- Printing a sign calling attention to something; fist
Origin of indexClassical Latin informer, that which points out ; from indicare, indicate
- to make an index of or for
- to include in an index
- to supply with a thumb index
- to be an index, or sign, of; indicate
- to adjust (wages, interest rates, etc.) automatically to changes in the cost of living