Indication vs Clue - What's the difference?

indication | clue |


As nouns the difference between indication and clue

is that indication is while clue is a strand of yarn etc as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.

As a verb clue is

to provide with a clue (often used with "in" or "up").

indication

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • Act of pointing out or indicating.
  • That which serves to indicate or point out; mark; token; sign; symptom; evidence.
  • The frequent stops they make in the most convenient places are plain indications of their weariness. .
  • Discovery made; information.
  • (obsolete) Explanation]]; display. [[w:Francis Bacon, Francis Bacon .
  • (medicine) Any symptom or occurrence in a disease, which serves to direct to suitable remedies.
  • (finance) An declared approximation of the price at which a traded security is likely to commence trading.
  • clue

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A strand of yarn etc. as used to guide one through a labyrinth; something which points the way, a guide.
  • * 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
  • she had even had in the past a small smug conviction that in the domestic labyrinth she always kept the clue .
  • Information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion.
  • An object or a kind of indication which may be used as evidence.
  • (slang) Insight or understanding ("to have a clue [about]" or "to have clue". See have a clue, clue stick)
  • Synonyms

    * (information which may lead one to a certain point or conclusion) hint, indication, suggestion * (object or indication which may be used as evidence) signature

    Derived terms

    * * clueless * cluestick / clue stick * cluey * have a clue * not have a clue

    See also

    * evidence * red herring

    Verb

  • To provide with a clue.
  • The crossword compiler wasn't sure how to clue the word "should".
  • To provide someone with information which he or she lacks (often used with "in" or "up").
  • Smith, clue Jones in on what's been happening.

    Derived terms

    * clued-in * clued-up