Definition of subscript in English:


Syllabification: sub·script
Pronunciation: /ˈsəbˌskript


  • (Of a letter, figure, or symbol) written or printed below the line.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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