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subscript

[′səb‚skript]
(science and technology)
A letter or symbol written below, and usually to the right, of another symbol for any of various purposes, such as to identify a particular element or elements of a set, to denote a constant value of a variable, or, in a chemical formula, to indicate the number of atoms of a particular kind in a molecule.

subscript

(1) In word processing and scientific notation, a digit or symbol that appears below the line; for example, H2O, the symbol for water. Contrast with superscript.

(2) In programming, a method for referencing data in a table. For example, in pricetable, the statement to reference a specific price in the table might be pricetable (item), ITEM being the subscript variable. In a two-dimensional table that includes price and discount, the statement pricetable (item,discount) could reference a discounted price. The relative locations of the current ITEM and DISCOUNT are kept in two index registers.

(3) In programming, a method for referencing data in a character array. For example, in an array named keycode, keycode[0] would refer to the first byte (starting with 0), the [0] being the subscript notation. The second byte would be referenced with keycode[1] and so on. See pointer.
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--one case of subscript bh has not been recognized as such: 21.7 (see n.
The authors used a two-digit subscript to refer first to the number of the device port and second to the order of the harmonic.
Again, the average integral specific heat [bar.Cp] is defined as in Equation 4, and the subscript w indicates the value measured at wall temperature.
d) subscript: phoneme modifier or infix, occasionally also root consonant
Therefore, code a CRB1 using the appropriate subscript for that
Subscripts refer to the associated state points in Figures 1-5, and the state of water is represented by the subscript w.
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) recommends the use of lowercase italicized p followed by the gas in subscript (e.g., poz and pcoz; www.iupac.org/publications/books/gbook/green book 2ed.pdf, page 42), but such an expression generally is not used either in the literature or in laboratory reports, perhaps because of poor graphic readability or computer display limitations.
(1) For the sake of simplicity, we drop the i subscript.
In the pulse oximeter flyoff, the 2 in Sp[O.sub.2] should be a subscript, not a superscript.
Here [lambda] denotes the incident neutron wavelength and symbols with the subscript a stand for the corresponding properties of ambient air or vacuum.
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