subscript

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sub- +‎ script

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subscript (plural subscripts)

  1. (printing) A type of lettering form written lower than the things around it.
    In chemical formulas the number of atoms in a molecule is written as a subscript, so we write H2O for water which has two atoms of hydrogen for each one of oxygen.
  2. (computing) A numerical index into an array.

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subscript (third-person singular simple present subscripts, present participle subscripting, simple past and past participle subscripted)

  1. (computing, transitive, of a text) To convert to a subscript form.
    • 2007, Emily A. Vander Veer, PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual
      If your presentation covers chemistry or some other scientific field, you'll need to subscript and superscript characters (think H2O).

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