1. The mechanism, computer-oriented or otherwise, in which a data value is
presented to an ordered list that contains not the desired value associated with
the data item, but a location at which further searching for the data item
should be continued. The index often does not contain all values of the data
item presented but simply a limiting range that contains it, e.g. the page
headings of a telephone directory.
2. The value held in an index register.
3. (subscript) An integer value
selecting a particular element of an array.