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index US English

An alphabetical list of names, subjects, etc., with references to the places where they occur, typically found at the end of a book

index US Thesaurus

the library's subject index

de-index US English

End the indexation to inflation of (pensions or other benefits)

FT index US English

Another term for FTSE index.

card index US English

A catalog or similar collection of information in which each item is entered on a separate card, and the cards are arranged in a particular order, typically alphabetical

cross index US English

A note or cross reference in a book or list that refers the reader to other material

FTSE index US English

A figure (published by the Financial Times) indicating the relative prices of shares on the London Stock Exchange, especially also FTSE 100 index one calculated on the basis of Britain’s one hundred largest public companies

heat index US English

A quantity expressing the discomfort felt as a result of the combined effects of the temperature and humidity of the air

index card US English

A small card on which information is recorded, typically stored alphabetically with others in a card index

index case US English

The first identified case in a group of related cases of a particular communicable or heritable disease

life-index US English

(In folklore) an external object whose condition is held to reflect the state or condition of a person, especially as regards health or safety.

motif index US English

An index of standard motifs, especially those found in folk tales.

nasal index US English

Physical Anthropol. An indicator of nose size and shape obtained by multiplying the ratio of nose breadth to height by 100.

Okun index US English

= misery index. rare.

price index US English

An index number showing variations in the prices of a certain group of goods over time.

thumb index US English

A set of lettered or marked grooves cut down the side of a book, especially a diary or dictionary, for easy reference

word index US English

A list of the words used by a given author, or occurring in a given work (or corpus), usually with references to the passages in which they occur but without quotations.

colour index US English

Medicine the ratio of the quantity of haemoglobin to the number of red blood cells present in a blood sample (now rare).

cranial index US English

Another term for cephalic index.

index finger US English

The finger next to the thumb; the forefinger

index fossil US English

A fossil that is useful for dating and correlating the strata in which it is found

index futures US English

Contracts to buy a range of shares at an agreed price but delivered and paid for later

index-linked US English

Adjusted according to the value of a retail price index

index number US English

A number showing the variation in a price or value compared with the price or value at a specified earlier time (often represented by the number 100)

misery index US English

An informal measure of the state of an economy generated by adding together its rate of inflation and its rate of unemployment

mitotic index US English

The fraction (usually expressed as a percentage) of the cells in a tissue, culture, etc., that are undergoing mitosis at any given time.

Nikkei index US English

A figure indicating the relative price of representative shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Also called Nikkei average

orbital index US English

An indicator of the size and shape of the orbit, obtained by multiplying the ratio of its width to its height by 100.

palatal index US English

A measure of the shape of the hard palate, consisting of the ratio of its breadth to its length; compare slightly earlier palatine index; compare also uranic index.

pollen index US English

= pollen count.

cephalic index US English

A number expressing the ratio of the maximum breadth of a skull to its maximum length

glycemic index US English

A system that ranks foods on a scale from 1 to 100 based on their effect on blood-sugar levels

palatine index US English

= palatal index.

ponderal index US English

An index of weight in relation to height or length

reaction index US English

An assessment of an audience's reaction to a programme.

spectral index US English

An exponential factor relating the flux density of a radio source to its frequency

Big Mac index US English

Any of various economic indexes comparing the cost of a Big Mac hamburger in different countries.

cost-of-living index US English

Former term for consumer price index.

discomfort index US English

Meteorology an index for measuring the discomfort felt in warm weather as a result of the combined effects of the temperature and humidity of the air.

modulation index US English

A coefficient representing the degree of modulation of a carrier wave; specifically the ratio of the difference between the maximum and minimum frequencies of a frequency-modulated carrier, to the frequency of the modulating signal.

phagocytic index US English

Any of various measures of phagocytic activity.

plastochron index US English

An index for measuring the developmental age of a shoot, based on the number of leaves that are not less than some stated length, plus a fractional adjustment so calculated that the value of the index changes smoothly as the shoot grows.

platymeric index US English

A numerical indication of the extent to which a femur is platymeric, obtained by multiplying the ratio of its anteroposterior and transverse diameters by 100.

polytropic index US English

A parameter n in the exponent of the equation relating pressure to density for a polytrope.

refraction index US English

= refractive index.

refractive index US English

The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium

body mass index US English

A weight-to-height ratio, calculated by dividing one’s weight in kilograms by the square of one’s height in meters and used as an indicator of obesity and underweight

Hang Seng index US English

A figure indicating the relative price of shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

palatomaxillary index US English

= palatal index.

retail price index US English

(In the UK) an index of the variation in the prices of retail goods and other items

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