sub·​script | \ ˈsəb-ˌskript How to pronounce subscript (audio) \

Definition of subscript

: a distinguishing symbol (such as a letter or numeral) written immediately below or below and to the right or left of another character

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Other Words from subscript

subscript adjective

Examples of subscript in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally, Easier Superscripts Mathematicians, scientists, and other fans of exponents will appreciate the ability to easily add superscript and subscript text to their documents without digging into the system’s catalog of characters. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Use These 11 Tips to Get (Even More) Productive in Google Docs," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of subscript

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subscript

Latin subscriptus, past participle of subscribere

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The first known use of subscript was circa 1704

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“Subscript.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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