subscript (plural subscripts)

  1. (typography) A type of lettering form written lower than the things around it.
    In chemical formulas the number of atoms in a molecule is written as a subscript, so we write H2O for water which has two atoms of hydrogen for each one of oxygen.
  2. (computing) A numerical index into an array.
Antonyms Related terms Translations
  • French: indice, lettre inférieure
  • German: Subskript, Tiefstellung, tiefgestelltes Zeichen, tiefgestelltes Druckzeichen, tiefstehendes Zeichen
  • Portuguese: subscrito
  • Russian: ни́жний и́ндекс
  • Spanish: subíndice

subscript (subscripts, present participle subscripting; past and past participle subscripted)

  1. (mathematics, science, typography, transitive, of a variable) To provide with a subscript.
    • 1996, Nancy A. Lynch, Distributed Algorithms, Elsevier, page 210:
      As in the chapters on the synchronous model, we use the convention of subscripting a variable by the index of the process at which the variable resides.
    • 2011, William M. Davis (original author Cifford E. Dykstra), Physical Chemistry: A Modern Introduction (Second Edition), CRC Press, page 424:
      The elements of these matrices are subscripted with a row–column index, that is, with two integers that give the row and column position in the array.
  2. (mathematics, science, typography, transitive, of a text) To convert to a subscript form.
Antonyms Adjective

subscript (not comparable)

  1. Written underneath.

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