thumb index


thumb index
'thumb .index
n
a line of round cuts in the edge of a large book which have the letters of the alphabet on them and help you find the part of the book you want

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • thumb index — n. an index to the sections or divisions of a reference book, consisting of a series of rounded notches cut in the fore edge of a book with a labeled tab at the base of each notch thumb index vt …   English World dictionary

  • thumb index — thumb ,index noun count the letters of the alphabet printed on the edges of a book s pages to help you find what you are looking for quickly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thumb index — ► NOUN ▪ a set of lettered indentations cut down the side of a book for easy reference …   English terms dictionary

  • thumb-index — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ transitive verb Etymology: thumb index : to equip (a book) with a thumb index the main part of the book is a thumb indexed directory listing ministries Times Literary Supplement * * * /thum in deks/, v.t. to provide (a book) with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumb index — noun one of a series of rounded notches in the fore edge of a book to indicate sections • Hypernyms: ↑notch * * * noun, pl ⋯ dexes [count] : a series of small cuts in the edge of the pages in a large book that are labeled and that make it easier… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumb index — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms thumb index : singular thumb index plural thumb indexes the letters of the alphabet printed on the edges of a book s pages to help you to find what you are looking for quickly …   English dictionary

  • thumb-index — /thum in deks/, v.t. to provide (a book) with a thumb index. * * * …   Universalium

  • thumb index — thumb′ in dex n. pri a series of labeled notches cut along the fore edge of a book, to indicate the divisions or sections • Etymology: 1900–05 thumb′ in dex, v.t …   From formal English to slang

  • thumb index — noun a set of lettered indentations cut down the side of a book for easy reference. Derivatives thumb indexed adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • thumb index — noun Date: 1903 a series of usually labeled notches cut in the fore edge of a book (as a dictionary) to facilitate reference …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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