indication meaning

[ ˌindi'keiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "indication" in a sentence
  • Noun: indication  `indu'keyshun
    1. Something that serves to indicate or suggest
      "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"
      - indicant 
    2. The act of indicating or pointing out by name
      - denotation 
    3. (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure
      "the presence of bacterial infection was an indication for the use of antibiotics" 
    4. Something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary
      "there were indications that it was time to leave" 
    5. A datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument
      "the barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"
      - reading, meter reading

    Derived forms: indications

    See also: indicate

    Type of: advice, communication, data point, datum, naming, reason

    Antonym: contraindication

    Encyclopedia: Indication

  • [Finance]
    (1) Notice given by a dealer (through Autex) or customer of an interest in buying or selling stock, sometimes including specific volume and price; (2) approximation of where a specialist sees buy and sell interest to tighten the range to an opening price.

  • [Medicine]
    a : a symptom or particular circumstance that indicates the advisability or necessity of a specific medical treatment or procedure ‹postpartum hemorrhage is the chief indication for the use of ergot preparations and derivatives —C. H. Thienes›
    b : something that is indicated as advisable or necessary ‹in case of collapse the immediate indication is artificial respiration —Jour. Amer. Med. Assoc.
    2 : the degree indicated in a specific instance or at a specific time on a graduated physical instrument (as a thermometer)

  • [Oil and gas]
    A deviation of a non-destructive test inspection device from baseline and exceeding a specified threshold level set by a test imperfection that is caused by a material change which may or may not be considered as a discontinuity or defect. In non-destructive test usage, an indication requires prove-up.


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  1. she gave no indication of having heard us.
  2. the pressure indication is then obtained.
  3. she gave the delicate indication firmly.
  4. some indication of the range is given in fig. 1. 13.
  5. in fig. 2 there is no indication of timescale.

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