Contents vs Index - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between contents and index

is that contents is while index is an alphabetical listing of items and their location.

As verbs the difference between contents and index

is that contents is (content) while index is to arrange an index for something, especially a long text.

contents

English

Noun

(head)
  • (usually plural) That which is contained.
  • It is not covered in your homeowner's policy. You need contents insurance.
    The contents of the cup had a familiar aroma.
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  • (pluralonly) A table of contents, a list of chapters, etc. in a book, and the page numbers on which they start.
  • I always start a book by reading the dustjacket and the contents before I really dig in to the content itself.

    Verb

    (head)
  • (content)
  • English pluralia tantum ----

    index

    English

    (wikipedia index)

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • An alphabetical listing of items and their location.
  • The index of a book lists words or expressions and the pages of the book upon which they are to be found.
  • The index finger; the forefinger.
  • A movable finger on a gauge, scale, etc.
  • (printing) A symbol resembling a pointing hand, used to direct particular attention to a note or paragraph.
  • That which points out; that which shows, indicates, manifests, or discloses.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • Tastes are the indexes of the different qualities of plants.
  • A sign; an indication; a token.
  • * Robert Louis Stevenson
  • His son's empty guffaws struck him with pain as the indices of a weak mind.
  • (linguistics) A type of noun where the meaning of the form changes with respect to the context. E.g., 'Today's newspaper' is an indexical form since its referent will differ depending on the context. See also icon and symbol.
  • (economics) A single number calculated from an array of prices or of quantities.
  • (science) A number representing a property or ratio, a coefficient.
  • (mathematics) A raised suffix indicating a power.
  • (programming, computing) An integer or other key indicating the location of data e.g. within an array, vector, database table, associative array, or hash table.
  • (computing, databases) A data structure that improves the performance of operations on a table.
  • (obsolete) A prologue indicating what follows.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Synonyms

    * (index finger) arrow-finger, demonstrator, forefinger, index finger, insignitor, lickpot, pointling, showing finger, teacher * See also

    Derived terms

    * index locorum * index nominum * index rerum * index term * index verborum * indexic * indexical * indexless * price index * refractive index

    References

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    See also

    * (alphabetical listing) table of contents

    Verb

    (es)
  • To arrange an index for something, especially a long text.
  • To inventory, to take stock.
  • Derived terms

    * indexer