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subscript Syllabification: sub·script
Pronunciation: /ˈsəbskript/

Definition of subscript in English:


(Of a letter, figure, or symbol) written or printed below the line.
Example sentences
  • Of course we have modernised the notation, for example subscript notation was not used in Parseval's time, and we have also corrected his theorem for he omitted the first 2 on the left hand side.
  • But, what is interesting here is that this particular industrial strength beast has subscript keys.
  • The average number of the repetitions is shown as a subscript index


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1A subscript letter, figure, or symbol.
Example sentences
  • Lowercase letters and subscripts are used identically to those described for variance components.
  • For convenience, we henceforth drop the superscripts and subscripts indicating deme identities.
  • For convenience, we consider only the case of two alleles at each of the three loci and the notation in this case is varied to reduce the superscripts and subscripts.
1.1 Computing A symbol (notionally written as a subscript but in practice usually not) used in a program, alone or with others, to specify one of the elements of an array.
Example sentences
  • Conventionally solving these two programming issues involves writing explicit programming code to manually adjust the subscripts in a two-dimensional array.
  • Overloading - getitem - implies the user can ask for any subscript in any order.


Early 18th century: from Latin subscript- 'written below', from the verb subscribere (see subscribe).

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