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

Examples of index number in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The problem with that view is that the high index number comes from prices in dollars that had a higher purchasing value than today's. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Hazardous temperatures are expected next week in the South, West and Pacific Northwest, with peak heat index numbers over 110 from Texas to North Carolina. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2023 The average index number is 61.58. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Apr. 2022 The next word would have to be generated by the server, and this word or its index number would have to be downloaded, possibly in encrypted form with the rest of the code. Pradeep Mutalik, Quanta Magazine, 2 Dec. 2022 On the other hand, South Carolina’s Comporium almost doubled its index number and dropped to 10th place. PCMAG, 19 Dec. 2022 These sequences are assigned the same barcode index number, or BIN. Brooke Jarvis, WIRED, 10 Nov. 2022 That means some of these ISPs have a speed index number that includes, say, fiber and DSL together. Eric Griffith, PCMAG, 17 June 2022 Starting in December 2003, the biggest December-to-December increase in that inflation index number prior to the most recent one was 4.1% in December 2007, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. John Byrne, Chicago Tribune, 17 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of index number was in 1875

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“Index number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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