index number


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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Recent Examples on the Web Since Woodward arrived for the 2019 season, Odor’s offensive index number according to is -22.6. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "‘I’ve seen him a lot better': Rangers’ Rougned Odor continues slump after going hitless against Mariners," 24 Aug. 2020 The aggregate index number dropped to 46.9 last week, down from 51.3 a week earlier and 54.3 two weeks ago. Erik Hertzberg,, "Consumer Confidence Plunges in Canada to Lowest Since ‘09 Recession," 27 Mar. 2020 According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Babcock wrote his own rules, gave English names to the tiles and added index numbers to the tiles. Kelly Wilkinson, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers has a Mah Jongg center — and it's not like those online matching games," 4 Feb. 2020 The overall index number was bad, but even more worrisome is the report's drop in factory orders of exports, said Torsten Slok, chief economist at Deutsche Bank. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "America's factories just suffered their worst month in a decade," 1 Oct. 2019 The weather service expects temperatures in the Boston area to remain in the 60s throughout Tuesday, representing a marked departure from the weekend’s triple-digit heat index numbers. Peter Bailey-wells,, "More strong winds, rain on the way," 23 July 2019 Undeterred by air-quality index numbers that prompted organizers to cancel the junior race for the first time since its creation in 1964, about 80 boys and girls ran the race anyway, to the cheers of thousands of spectators. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon cancels junior race, but kids run anyway," 5 July 2019 Investors were awaiting Chinese manufacturing and nonmanufacturing purchasing managers index numbers, due out Wednesday, for clues on the health of the world’s second-largest economy. David Hodari, WSJ, "Gold Slips as Broader Markets Calm," 30 Oct. 2018 Investors may use Chinese purchasing managers index numbers due out Friday to inform their next moves, strategists at ING said in a note. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Copper Pressured by Dollar’s Climb," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of index number

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Index number.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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