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indicator meaning

[ 'indikeitə ] Pronunciation:   "indicator" in a sentence
  • Noun: indicator  'indu`keytu(r)
    1. A number or ratio (a value on a scale of measurement) derived from a series of observed facts; can reveal relative changes as a function of time
      - index, index number, indicant 
    2. A signal for attracting attention 
    3. A device for showing the operating condition of some system 
    4. (chemistry) a substance that changes colour to indicate the presence of some ion or substance; can be used to indicate the completion of a chemical reaction or (in medicine) to test for a particular reaction 
    5. [Brit] A blinking light on a motor vehicle that indicates the direction in which the vehicle is about to turn
      - blinker, turn signal [N. Amer], turn indicator, trafficator [Brit]

    Derived forms: indicators

    See also: indicate

    Type of: color [US], coloring material [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], colouring material [Brit, Cdn], device, fact, sign, signal, signaling [US], signalling, visual signal

    Part of: electrical system

    Encyclopedia: Indicator


  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    COINCIDENT INDICATOR, ECONOMIC INDICATOR, FINANCIAL INDICATOR, KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR, LAGGING INDICATOR, LEADING INDICATOR, PERFORMANCE INDICATOR, TECHNICAL INDICATOR

    a sign or figure that shows you what sth is like or how a situation is changing:

    January sales are closely watched as an early indicator of consumer confidence.

    All the indicators are pointing towards further weakness in the economy.

    a good/an important/a key/reliable indicator

    ◆ sth is considered (as)/seen as/watched as an indicator (of sth)

    ◆ indicators point towards/show/signal/suggest/tell us sth


  • [Defence]
    In intelligence usage, an item of information which reflects the intention or capability of an adversary to adopt or reject a course of action.
    (JP 2-0)

  • [Economics]
    A measurable variable that gives information regarding economic performance or prospects. Examples of economic indicators are price, money supply, income, imports, and exports.

  • [Electronics]
    1. Meter (see METER,
    1). 2. See MONITOR.
    3. See ANNUNCIATOR.
    4. In a computer, a device that can be set by a specific condition (e.g., by a negative result or error indicator).

Examples

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  1. for measurements in the field, indicator tubes can be used.
  2. cohb can be considered as an indicator of co exposure.
  3. anaphase bridges were used as indicators of inversion heterozygosity.
  4. sometimes oxidation-reduction electrodes are used as internal indicators.
  5. the range is usually limited to the full-scale deflection of the indicator.

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