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Indicator vs. Index

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  • Indicator (noun)

    A pointer or index that indicates something.

  • Indicator (noun)

    A meter or gauge.

  • Indicator (noun)

    The needle or dial on such a meter.

  • Indicator (noun)

    Any of many substances, such as litmus, used to indicate the concentration of a substance, or the degree of a reaction.

  • Indicator (noun)

    A plant or animal whose presence is indicative of some specific environment.

  • Indicator (noun)

    A measure, such as unemployment rate, which can be used to predict economic trends.

  • Indicator (noun)

    A trafficator (dated definition); each of the flashing lights on each side of a vehicle which indicate a turn is being made to left or right, or a lane change etc.

  • Indicator (noun)

    A bird, the honeyguide.

  • Index (noun)

    An alphabetical listing of items and their location.

    "The index of a book lists words or expressions and the pages of the book upon which they are to be found."

  • Index (noun)

    The index finger; the forefinger.

  • Index (noun)

    A movable finger on a gauge, scale, etc.

  • Index (noun)

    A symbol resembling a pointing hand, used to direct particular attention to a note or paragraph.

  • Index (noun)

    That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses.

  • Index (noun)

    A sign; an indication; a token.

  • Index (noun)

    A type of noun where the meaning of the form changes with respect to the context. E.g., 'Today's newspaper' is an indexical form since its referent will differ depending on the context. See also icon and symbol.

  • Index (noun)

    A single number calculated from an array of prices or of quantities.

  • Index (noun)

    A number representing a property or ratio, a coefficient.

  • Index (noun)

    A raised suffix indicating a power.

  • Index (noun)

    An integer or other key indicating the location of data e.g. within an array, vector, database table, associative array, or hash table.

  • Index (noun)

    A data structure that improves the performance of operations on a table.

  • Index (noun)

    A prologue indicating what follows.

  • Index (verb)

    To arrange an index for something, especially a long text.

  • Index (verb)

    To inventory, to take stock.

  • Index (verb)

    To be indexical for (some situation or state of affairs); to indicate.

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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Indicator (noun)

    One who, or that which, shows or points out; as, a fare indicator in a street car.

  • Indicator (noun)

    A pressure gauge; a water gauge, as for a steam boiler; an apparatus or instrument for showing the working of a machine or moving part

  • Indicator (noun)

    The part of an instrument by which an effect is indicated, as an index or pointer.

  • Indicator (noun)

    Any bird of the genus Indicator and allied genera. See Honey guide, under Honey.

  • Indicator (noun)

    That which indicates the condition of acidity, alkalinity, or the deficiency, excess, or sufficiency of a standard reagent, by causing an appearance, disappearance, or change of color, as in titration or volumetric analysis.

  • Index (noun)

    That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses; as, the increasing unemployment rate is an index of how much the economy has slowed.

  • Index (noun)

    That which guides, points out, informs, or directs; a pointer or a hand that directs to anything, as the hand of a watch, a movable finger or other form of pointer on a gauge, scale, or other graduated instrument.

  • Index (noun)

    A table for facilitating reference to topics, names, and the like, in a book, usually giving the page on which a particular word or topic may be found; - usually alphabetical in arrangement, and printed at the end of the volume. Typically found only in non-fiction books.

  • Index (noun)

    A prologue indicating what follows.

  • Index (noun)

    The second finger, that next to the pollex (thumb), in the manus, or hand; the forefinger; index finger.

  • Index (noun)

    The figure or letter which shows the power or root of a quantity; the exponent.

  • Index (noun)

    The ratio, or formula expressing the ratio, of one dimension of a thing to another dimension; as, the vertical index of the cranium.

  • Index (noun)

    A number providing a measure of some quantity derived by a formula, usually a form of averaging, from multiple quantities; - used mostly in economics; as, the index of leading indicators; the index of industrial production; the consumer price index. See, for example, the consumer price index.

  • Index (noun)

    A file containing a table with the addresses of data items, arranged for rapid and convenient search for the addresses.

  • Index (noun)

    A number which serves as a label for a data item and also represents the address of a data item within a table or array.

  • Index (noun)

    The Index prohibitorius, a catalogue of books which are forbidden by the church to be read; also called Index of forbidden books and Index Librorum Prohibitorum.

  • Index

    To provide with an index or table of references; to put into an index; as, to index a book, or its contents.

  • Index

    To adjust (wages, prices, taxes, etc.) automatically so as to compensate for changes in prices, usually as measured by the consumer price index or other economic measure. Its purpose is usually to copensate for inflation.

  • Index

    To insert (a word, name, file folder, etc.) into an index or into an indexed arrangement; as, to index a contract under its date of signing.

Webster Dictionary
  • Indicator (noun)

    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

  • Indicator (noun)

    a signal for attracting attention

  • Indicator (noun)

    a device for showing the operating condition of some system

  • Indicator (noun)

    (chemistry) a substance that changes color to indicate the presence of some ion or substance; can be used to indicate the completion of a chemical reaction or (in medicine) to test for a particular reaction

  • Index (noun)

    a numerical scale used to compare variables with one another or with some reference number

  • Index (noun)

    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

  • Index (noun)

    a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself

  • Index (noun)

    an alphabetical listing of names and topics along with page numbers where they are discussed

  • Index (noun)

    the finger next to the thumb

  • Index (verb)

    list in an index

  • Index (verb)

    provide with an index;

    "index the book"

  • Index (verb)

    adjust through indexation;

    "The government indexes wages and prices"

Princeton's WordNet

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