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in·dex

index

 
 
pronunciation:
In deks
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
inflections: indexes, indices
definition: an alphabetical list of subjects, names, or other information in a book, with page numbers given for each item.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: indexed, indexes, indexing
definition: to make an index of or place as part of an index.
The author indexed the book's most important information.
Word History
Index was a Latin word that came from another Latin word, indicare, which means "to point out" or "indicate." In Latin, "index" could mean "forefinger," "pointer," "list," or anything that points to something else. The index of a book points you to the places in the book you are interested in.
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