subscript

[suhb-skript]
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; < Latin subscrīptus (past participle of subscrībere to subscribe), equivalent to sub- sub- + scrīb(ere) to write + -tus past participle suffix

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subscript (ˈsʌbskrɪpt)
 
adj
1.  printing Compare superscript (of a character) written or printed below the line
 
n
2.  Also called: subindex a subscript character

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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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Example sentences 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.
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