index number

noun

Definition of index number 

: a number used to indicate change in magnitude (as of cost or price) as compared with the magnitude at some specified time usually taken as 100

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The crime index numbers from the FBI and DPS aggregate reported crimes from Arizona law enforcement agencies. Kelcie T Grega, azcentral, "Fact Check: Did SB 1070 reduce crime in Arizona?," 20 Apr. 2016 The index numbers are based on the close of trading in New York Wednesday. Brendan Coffey, Bloomberg.com, "Bill Gates's Philanthropy Could Lose Him His Spot as the World's Richest," 12 Oct. 2017

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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