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subscript

[suhb-skript] /ˈsʌb skrɪpt/
adjective
1.
written below (distinguished from adscript, superscript).
2.
inferior (def 9).
noun
3.
inferior (def 11).
4.
Also called subfix. any character, number, or symbol written next to and slightly below another.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Latin subscrīptus (past participle of subscrībere to subscribe), equivalent to sub- sub- + scrīb(ere) to write + -tus past participle suffix
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Examples for subscripts
  • Comma in subscripts and superscripts sometimes is omitted it is also ambiguous notation.
  • One or two subscripts are used if one or both of the remaining quarks are heavy.
  • The magnetic flux and electric flux in physics, with subscripts distinguishing the two.
British Dictionary definitions for subscripts

subscript

/ˈsʌbskrɪpt/
adjective
1.
(printing) (of a character) written or printed below the line Compare superscript
noun
2.
Also called subindex. a subscript character
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Word Origin and History for subscripts
subscript
1704, "that which is written underneath," from L. subscriptus, pp. of subscribere "write underneath" (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).
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