Statistical report that is a generally reliable
indicator of the approximate change in the cost
of money, and is thus often used to adjust the
interest rate for ARMs.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
index (noun)
a) a device (as the pointer on a scale or the gnomon of a sundial) that serves to indicate a value or quantity
b) something (as a physical feature or a mode of expression) that leads one to a particular fact or conclusion - indication
a list (as of bibliographical information or citations to a body of literature) arranged usually in alphabetical order of some specified datum (as author, subject, or keyword) as
a) a list of items (as topics or names) treated in a printed work that gives for each item the page number where it may be found
b) - thumb index
c) a bibliographical analysis of groups of publications that is usually published periodically
d) a list of publicly traded companies and their stock prices
a list of restricted or prohibited material , specifically capitalized a formerly published list of books the reading of which was prohibited or restricted for Roman Catholics by the church authorities
a number or symbol or expression (as an exponent) associated with another to indicate a mathematical operation to be performed or to indicate use or position in an arrangement - 3 is the index of the expression ∛5 to indicate the cube root of 5
a character ☞ used to direct attention to a note or paragraph - called also fist
a) a number (as a ratio) derived from a series of observations and used as an indicator or measure , specifically - index number
b) the ratio of one dimension of a thing (as an anatomical structure) to another dimension
index (verb)
transitive verb
a) to provide with an index
b) to list in an index - all persons and places mentioned are carefully indexed
to serve as an index of
intransitive verb
to regulate (as wages, prices, or interest rates) by - indexation to index something
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
index (noun)
an arrow-shaped piece on a dial or scale for registering information
hand, index, indicator, needle
dial, face, gauge ( gage)
index (verb)
to put (someone or something) on a list
catalog ( catalogue), enroll ( enrol), enter, index, inscribe, put down, record, register, schedule, slate
book, card, file, note; classify, compile, tabulate, tally; reschedule
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