But it is also an index of how much has changed in the 16 years that separate the two volumes.
In the overall calculation of the index's 11 parameters, it landed 25th out of 36 states.
Every petty little hiccup that beset its launch was magnified as an index of its chronic malfunction.
Analysts surveyed by Reuters had forecast the index would rise 0.2 percent in July.
And when you index the data—i.e., when you compare the percentage change in the two metrics—a different picture emerges.
It "thunders in the index," but disappears after the front page.
For each difficult name find the pronunciation in the index.
He was hunched over a typewriter, laboriously poking at the keys with the index finger of each hand.
Click on this line to go to the index for all Parker's works.
We have seen that the book is an index to his reading: let us see now how many indications it gives us of his life.
late 14c., "the forefinger," from Latin index (genitive indicis) "forefinger, pointer, sign, list," literally "anything which points out," from indicare "point out" (see indication). Meaning "list of a book's contents" is first attested 1570s, from Latin phrases such as Index Nominum "Index of Names," index expurgatorius "specification of passages to be deleted from works otherwise permitted." Scientific sense (refractive index, etc.) is from 1829; economic sense (cost-of-living index, etc.) is from 1870, from the scientific usage, from sense "an indicator." The Church sense of "forbidden books" is from index librorum prohibitorum, first published 1564 by authority of Pius IV.
"compile an index," 1720, from index (n.). Related: Indexed; indexing.
index in·dex (ĭn'děks')
n. pl. in·dex·es or in·di·ces (-dĭ-sēz')
A guide, standard, indicator, symbol, or number indicating the relation of one part or thing to another in respect to size, capacity, or function.
A core or mold used to record or maintain the relative position of a tooth or teeth to one another or to a cast.
A guide, usually made of plaster, used to reposition teeth, casts, or parts.
The index finger.
An alphabetical list of subjects treated in a book. It usually appears at the end of the book and identifies page numbers on which information about each subject appears.