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India ink
(sometimes l.c.) 1. a black pigment consisting of lampblack mixed with glue or size. 2. a liquid ink from this. Also called Chinese ink. [1655-65] * * * also called  Chinese ...
India paper
1. a fine, thin, opaque paper made in the Orient, used chiefly in the production of thin-paper editions and for impressions of engravings. 2. See Bible paper. [1760-70] * * *
India print
a plain-weave cotton fabric from India with brillantly colored block-print designs, or a fabric resembling this. * * *
India rubber
1. rubber1 (def. 1). 2. a rubber eraser. 3. a rubber overshoe. Also, india rubber. [1780-90] * * *
India rubber plant
▪ tree also called  India Rubber Tree        (species Ficus elastica), large tree in its native Southeast Asia and in other warm areas but a common indoor pot plant ...
India silk
a soft, lightweight fabric constructed in plain weave, woven chiefly in India. Also, Indian silk. [1750-60] * * *
India wheat
a buckwheat, Fagopyrum tataricum, of India, having loose clusters of greenish or yellowish flowers, grown for soil improvement. Also called duckwheat. [1855-60] * * *
India's Computer Revolution
▪ 2001       In May 2000 India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha (House of the People), passed the Information Technology Bill to boost e-commerce and ...
India, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped orange-white-green national flag with a 24-spoked blue chakra(wheel) in the centre. The flag's width-to-length ratio is 2 to ...
India, House of
▪ Portuguese trade company also called  House Of Guinea, House Of Guinea And Mina, or House Of Mina,  Portuguese  Casa Da India, Casa Da Guiné, Casa De Guiné E Mina, or ...
Indiaink
India ink n. 1. A black pigment made from lampblack mixed with a binding agent and molded into cakes or sticks. 2. A liquid ink made from this pigment. Also called Chinese ink. * ...
Indiaman
Indiaman [in′dē ə mən] n. pl. Indiamen 〚see MAN, n. 10〛 a large merchant ship formerly sailing regularly between England and India * * * In·di·a·man ...
Indian
/in"dee euhn/, n. 1. Also called American Indian, Amerind, Amerindian, Native American. a member of the aboriginal people of America or of any of the aboriginal North or South ...
Indian agency
headquarters of an Indian agent. [1815-25, Amer.] * * *
Indian agent
an official representing the U.S. government in dealing with an Indian tribe or tribes. [1705-15] * * *
Indian Airlines
      the domestic and regional airline of India, founded in 1953. Whereas the airline Air-India provides a broader international service, Indian Airlines serves the ...
Indian almond
a Malayan tree, Terminalia catappa, having edible seeds, planted widely in the tropics as a street tree. [1885-90] * * *
Indian Association
▪ political organization, India       nationalist political group in India that favoured local self-government and served as a preparatory agent for the more truly ...
Indian balsam.
See Peru balsam. * * *
Indian bean
catalpa. [1835-45, Amer.] * * *
Indian bison
the gaur. * * *
Indian Botanic Garden
▪ garden, Calcutta, India formerly  Royal Botanic Garden,         botanical garden in Calcutta, famous for its enormous collections of orchids, bamboos, palms, and ...
Indian bread
1. See corn bread. 2. tuckahoe (def. 1). [1645-55, Amer.] * * *
Indian breadroot
breadroot. [1850-55] * * *
Indian club
a metal or wooden club shaped like a large bottle, swung singly or in pairs for exercising the arms. [1855-60] * * *
Indian cobra
a highly venomous cobra, Naja naja, common in India, having markings resembling a pair of spectacles on the back of the hood. Also called spectacled cobra. See illus. under ...
Indian corn
1. corn1 (def. 1). 2. any primitive corn with variegated kernels, often used for decorative purposes. 3. any coarse variety of corn grown for fodder. [1610-20, Amer.] * * *
Indian country
(esp. during the U.S. westward migration) any region where one was likely to encounter Indians, esp. hostile Indians. [1690-1700, Amer.] * * *
Indian cress
a nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, of South America, having red-spotted or red-striped, yellow-orange flowers, the young flower buds and fruits being used as ...
Indian cucumber root
a North American plant, Medeola virginiana, of the lily family, having whorled leaves, nodding, greenish-yellow flowers, and an edible root. Also called Indian ...
Indian currant
a shrub, Symphoricarpos orbiculatus, of the honeysuckle family, found from South Dakota and Texas to the eastern coast of the U.S., having hairy leaves, inconspicuous white ...
Indian Desert
Indian Desert THAR DESERT * * *
Indian Desert.
See Thar Desert. * * *
Indian elephant
Indian elephant n. see ELEPHANT * * *
Indian elephant.
See under elephant. [1600-10] * * *
Indian Empire
British India and the Indian states ruled by native princes but under indirect British control: dissolved in 1947 and absorbed into India and Pakistan. * * *
Indian Evidence Act
▪ United Kingdom [1872]       act passed by the British Parliament in 1872 that set forth the rules of evidence admissible in Indian courts and that had far-reaching ...
Indian fig
a bushy or treelike cactus, Opuntia ficus-indica, of central Mexico, having large yellow flowers and juicy, red, edible fruit. [1585-95] * * *
Indian file
in single file. [1750-60, Amer.] * * *
Indian giver
—Indian giving. Informal (sometimes offensive). a person who gives a gift and then takes it back. [1825-35] * * *
Indian goods
▪ decorative arts       in 17th- and 18th-century Europe, any of a vast variety of furniture, paper hangings, textiles, paintings, and enamels that were being imported ...
Indian grass
▪ plant  (species Sorghastrum nutans), tall perennial forage grass of the family Poaceae and one of the important constituents of the North American tall grass prairie. It ...
Indian hawthorn
a southern Chinese evergreen shrub, Raphiolepis indica, of the rose family, having shiny, leathery leaves and pinkish-white flowers in loose clusters. * * *
Indian hemp
1. a North American dogbane, Apocynum cannabinum, having erect clusters of greenish-white flowers and a root with laxative and emetic properties. 2. hemp (def. 1). [1610-20, ...
Indian ink
(sometimes l.c.) Brit. See India ink. * * *
Indian jujube
an Indian evergreen shrub or small tree, Ziziphus mauritiana, of the buckthorn family, having leaves that are rusty-hairy on the underside and small, round, red, acid fruit. Also ...
Indian languages
      languages spoken in the Indian subcontinent. The languages of the region are generally classified as belonging to the following families: Indo-European (the ...
Indian law
Legal practices and institutions of India. Indian law draws on a number of sources, beginning with the customs of the ancient Vedas and later accretions of Hindu law, which ...
Indian licorice
a woody tropical vine, Abrus precatorius, of the legume family, having extremely poisonous scarlet and black seeds that are used for beads and a root used as a substitute for ...
Indian literature
      writings of the Indian subcontinent, produced there in a variety of languages, including Sanskrit, Prākrit, Pāli, Bengali, Bihārī, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, ...
Indian lotus
a southern Asian lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, of the water lily family, having fragrant pink or rose flowers. Also called East Indian lotus, Egyptian lotus, sacred lotus. [1900-05] * ...
Indian mallow
1. Also called velvetleaf. an Asian plant, Abutilon theophrasti, of the mallow family, having velvety leaves and yellow flowers: it is cultivated in China for its jutelike fiber ...
Indian meal
Chiefly Brit. cornmeal (def. 1). [1625-35, Amer.] * * *
Indian millet
1. durra. 2. See pearl millet. [1785-95, Amer.] * * *
Indian mulberry
a small tree, Morinda citrifolia, of the madder family, found from India to Australasia, having shiny leaves, white flowers, and fleshy, yellowish fruit, yielding red and yellow ...
Indian Museum
▪ museum, Calcutta, India       in Calcutta, oldest museum in India and one of the most comprehensive in the Orient; its collections depict the cultural history of India ...
Indian Mutiny
a serious revolt (1857–8) by the Indian army against British rule in India. It began in the north of India and in some places developed into a general protest. When it was ...
Indian Mutiny.
See Sepoy Rebellion. * * *
Indian National Congress
or Congress Party Broadly based political party of India, founded in 1885. The Congress Party was a moderate reform party until 1917, when it was taken over by its "extremist" ...
Indian National Trade Union Congress
▪ Indian trade union federation       largest trade-union federation in India. INTUC was established in 1947 in cooperation with the Indian National Congress, which ...
Indian Ocean
an ocean S of Asia, E of Africa, and W of Australia. 28,357,000 sq. mi. (73,444,630 sq. km). * * * Indian Ocean Introduction Indian Ocean - ...
Indian Ocean tsunami
▪ 2004  tsunami that hit the coasts of several countries of South and Southeast Asia in December 2004. The tsunami and its aftermath were responsible for immense destruction ...
Indian paint brush
▪ plant also called  Painted Cup, Painted Lady, or Paint Brush,    any plant of the genus Castilleja (family Scrophulariaceae), which contains about 200 species of ...
Indian paint fungus
a common woody hoof-shaped fungus, Echinodontium tinctorium, found on conifers in western North America and believed to have been used as a dye by Pacific Northwest Indians. * * *
Indian paintbrush
any of several semiparasitic plants belonging to the genus Castilleja, of the figwort family, as C. linariaefolia, of the western U.S.: the state flower of Wyoming. [1890-95, ...
Indian philosophy
Any of the numerous philosophical systems developed on the Indian subcontinent, including both orthodox (astika) systems, namely, the Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Samkhya, Yoga, Mimamsa, ...
Indian physic
1. See American ipecac. 2. See bowman's root. [1730-40, Amer.] * * *
Indian pipe
a leafless, pearly white, saprophytic plant, Monotropa uniflora, of North America and Asia, having a solitary white flower and resembling a tobacco pipe. [1785-95, Amer.] * * ...
Indian poke.
See false hellebore. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
Indian pudding
a sweet baked pudding made of cornmeal, molasses, milk, and various spices. [1715-25, Amer.] * * *
Indian red
1. earth of a yellowish-red color, found esp. in the Persian Gulf, that serves as a pigment and as a polish for gold and silver objects. 2. a pigment of that color prepared by ...
Indian Removal Act
(May 28, 1830) First major legislation that reversed the U.S. policy of respecting the rights of American Indians. The act granted tribes unsettled western prairie land in ...
Indian Reorganization Act
(June 18, 1934) Measure enacted by the U.S. Congress to decrease federal control of American Indians and to increase tribal self-government. The act sought to strengthen tribal ...
Indian reservation
n any of the areas of land given to Native Americans by the US government. The US Bureau of Indian Affairs protects them and provides schools for them. The largest is the Navajo ...
Indian rice
the wild rice plant. [1815-25] * * *
Indian Runner
one of a breed of domestic ducks. * * *
Indian sanicle.
See white snakeroot. * * *
Indian sculpture
▪ Asian arts  the sculptural traditions, forms, and styles of the civilizations of the Indian subcontinent.       A brief treatment of Indian sculpture follows. For ...
Indian Shaker Church
▪ American religious sect       Christianized prophet cult among Northwest American Indians; it is not connected with the Shaker communities developed from the teachings ...
Indian sign
☆ Indian sign n. a hex or jinx: chiefly in the phrase have (or put) the Indian sign on * * *
Indian silk.
See India silk. [1790-1800, Amer.] * * *
Indian States and Agencies
the 560 former semidependent states and agencies in India and Pakistan: all except Kashmir were incorporated into the republics of India and Pakistan (1947-49). Also called ...
Indian strawberry
a plant, Duchesnea indica, of the rose family, native to India, having yellow flowers and inedible fruit resembling strawberries. Also called mock strawberry. * * *
Indian summer
a period of mild, dry weather, usually accompanied by a hazy atmosphere, occurring usually in late October or early November and following a period of colder weather. [1770-80, ...
Indian Territory
a former territory of the U.S.: now in E Oklahoma. ab. 31,000 sq. mi. (80,000 sq. km). * * * Former territory, U.S. West, including most of modern Oklahoma. The Choctaw, Creek, ...
Indian tobacco
a common American plant, Lobelia inflata, of the lobelia family, having small, blue flowers and inflated capsules. [1610-20] * * * ▪ plant  (species Lobelia inflata), annual ...
Indian turnip
1. the jack-in-the-pulpit. 2. its root. [1800-10, Amer.] * * *
Indian warrior
a lousewort, Pedicularis densiflora, of the western U.S., having densely clustered red flowers. [1900-05, Amer.] * * *
Indian wars
n [pl] the general name given to the various armed conflicts between Native Americans and people who later settled in America, mostly from Europe, and those who were descended ...
Indian wolf
a wolf, Canis lupus pallipes, of Asia south of the Himalayas. * * *
Indian wrestling
1. See arm wrestling. 2. a form of wrestling in which two opponents clasp each other's right or left hand and, placing the corresponding feet side by side, attempt to unbalance ...
Indian yellow
1. Also called purree, snowshoe. an orange-yellow color. 2. Painting. a. Also called purree. a yellow pigment formerly derived from the urine of cows fed on mango leaves. b. a ...
Indian-wrestle
—Indian-wrestler, n. /in"dee euhn res'euhl/, v., Indian-wrestled, Indian-wrestling. v.i. 1. to engage in Indian wrestling: to Indian-wrestle for the city championship. v.t. 2. ...
Indiana
—Indianan, Indianian /in'dee-an"ee euhn/, adj., n. /in'dee an"euh/, n. 1. Robert (Robert Clarke), born 1928, U.S. painter of pop art. 2. a state in the central United States: a ...
Indiana ballot
a ballot on which the candidates are listed in separate columns by party. Also called party-column ballot. Cf. Massachusetts ballot, office-block ballot. * * *
Indiana Dunes
State park and national lakeshore, southern shore of Lake Michigan, northern Indiana, U.S. The state park (founded 1925) comprises 2,182 acres (883 hectares) of shoreline, ...
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
a shore area in N Indiana, on Lake Michigan: established in 1966 for recreation and conservation purposes; comprising shoreline, dunes, bogs, and forests. 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. ...
Indiana Jones
➡ Jones (III). * * * ▪ fictional character       American film character, an archaeologist and adventurer featured in a series of popular movies.       The ...
Indiana State University
▪ university, Terre Haute, Indiana, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Terre Haute, Ind., U.S. It comprises colleges of arts and ...
Indiana University
▪ university system, Indiana, United States  state system of higher education consisting of the campuses in Bloomington (main), Gary (known as Northwest), South Bend, Kokomo, ...
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
▪ university, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Indiana, Pennsylvania, U.S. It is part of the ...
Indiana, flag of
▪ Flag History       U.S. state flag consisting of a dark blue field (background) with a gold or buff (light tan) torch surrounded by 19 stars.       In 1916, ...
Indiana, Robert
orig. Robert Clark born Sept. 13, 1928, New Castle, Ind., U.S. U.S. painter, sculptor, and graphic artist. After studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, he settled in New ...
Indiana,Robert
Indiana, Robert. Born 1928. American pop artist known for his “Love” theme in paintings and sculpture. * * *
Indianalmond
Indian almond n. An Asiatic tree (Terminalia catappa) widely cultivated and naturalized in the tropics and having fruit with edible seeds. Also called myrobalan, tropical ...
Indianan
Indianan [in΄dē an′ən] adj. of Indiana n. a person born or living in Indiana; Hoosier: Also Indianian [in΄dēan′ē ən] * * * See Indiana. * * *
Indianapolis
/in'dee euh nap"euh lis/, n. a city in and the capital of Indiana, in the central part. 700,807. * * * City (pop., 2000: 791,926) and capital of Indiana, U.S. Located on the ...
Indianapolis 500
a 500-mile oval-track race for rear-engine cars having particular specifications, held annually in Indianapolis, Ind. * * * U.S. automobile race. It has been held annually ...
Indianapolis 500 Table
▪ Table Indianapolis 500 year winner1 average speed in mph 1911 R. Harroun 74.602 1912 J. Dawson 78.719 1913 J. Goux (Fr.) 75.933 1914 R. Thomas (Fr.) 82.474 1915 R. ...
Indianapolis Colts
▪ American football team  American professional gridiron football (football, gridiron) team based in Indianapolis that plays in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the ...
Indianbean
Indian bean n. See catalpa. * * *
Indianbread
Indian bread n. Any of various plants, such as the breadroot, having edible parts used by certain Native American peoples for food. * * *
Indianclub
Indian club pair of Indian clubs © School Division, Houghton Mifflin Company n. A bottle-shaped wooden club swung in the hand for gymnastic exercise. * * *
Indiancorn
Indian corn n. See corn1. * * *
Indiancountry
Indian country or Indian Country n. 1. Indian Territory. 2. Federal reservation lands under Native American tribal jurisdiction. * * *
Indiancurrant
Indian currant n. See coralberry. * * *
Indianfile
Indian file n. See single file.   Indian file adv. * * *
Indiangiver
Indian giver n. Offensive One who gives something to another and then takes or demands the gift back. * * *
Indianhemp
Indian hemp n. Cannabis. * * *
Indianian
See Indianan. * * *
Indianism
—Indianist, n., adj. /in"dee euh niz'euhm/, n. 1. action or policy for promoting the interests of Indians, esp. American Indians. 2. a word or usage considered to be ...
Indianist
See Indianism. * * *
Indianista novel
▪ Brazilian literary genre       Brazilian literary genre of the 19th century that idealizes the simple life of the South American Indian. The tone of the Indianista ...
Indianlicorice
Indian licorice n. See rosary pea. * * *
Indianmallow
Indian mallow n. See flowering maple. * * *
Indianmeal
Indian meal n. See cornmeal. * * *
Indianmustard
Indian mustard n. An annual plant (Brassica juncea) in the mustard family, having yellow flowers, petiolate leaves, and oil-rich seeds. Also called brown mustard. * * *
IndianOcean
Indian Ocean A body of water extending from southern Asia to Antarctica and from eastern Africa to southeast Australia. * * *
Indianola
/in'dee euh noh"leuh/, n. a town in central Iowa. 10,843. * * * ▪ Iowa, United States       city, Warren county, south-central Iowa, U.S., 17 miles (27 km) south of ...
Indianpaintbrush
Indian paintbrush n. Any of various partly parasitic plants of the genus Castilleja, having spikes of flowers surrounded by showy, brightly colored bracts. Also called painted ...
Indianpipe
Indian pipe n. A waxy white or sometimes pinkish saprophytic woodland plant (Monotropa uniflora) having scalelike leaves and a solitary nodding flower. * * *
Indianpony
Indian pony n. A small hardy horse of western North America, often used for crossbreeding. * * *
Indianpudding
Indian pudding n. New England A pudding consisting of milk, cornmeal, egg, and molasses baked for several hours in a heavy casserole.   [So called because it is made with Indian ...
Indianred
Indian red n. An iron oxide used as a paint and cosmetic pigment.   [From the fact that earths containing the pigment are found in the East Indies.] * * *
IndianRiver
Indian River A lagoon extending about 265 km (165 mi) along the coast of east-central Florida. * * *
Indians
➡ Native American * * *
Indiansummer
Indian summer n. 1. A period of mild weather occurring in late autumn. 2. A pleasant, tranquil, or flourishing period occurring near the end of something: the Indian summer of ...
IndianTerritory
Indian Territory A region and former territory of the south-central United States, mainly in present-day Oklahoma. It was set aside by the government as a homeland for forcibly ...
Indiantobacco
Indian tobacco n. A poisonous North American plant (Lobelia inflata) having light blue to white flowers and rounded seedpods enclosed by an inflated persistent calyx. * * *
Indianturnip
Indian turnip n. Upper Northern & Midland U.S. See jack-in-the-pulpit. * * *
Indianwrestling
Indian wrestling n. 1. See arm wrestling. 2. A form of wrestling in which two opponents, lying supine in reversed position, lock their near arms, raise and lock their near legs, ...
Indiapaper
India paper n. 1. A thin, uncoated, delicate paper made of vegetable fiber, used especially for taking impressions of engravings. 2. See Bible paper. * * *
Indiarubber
India rubber n. See rubber1. * * *
Indic
/in"dik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to India; Indian. 2. of or pertaining to Indic; Indo-Aryan. n. 3. a subgroup of the Indo-Iranian branch of Indo-European languages that ...
Indic writing systems
Set of several dozen scripts used now or in the past to write many South and Southeast Asian languages. Aside from the Kharoshthi (Kharosthi) script, used с 4th century ...
indic.
1. indicating. 2. indicative. 3. indicator. * * *
indican
/in"di keuhn/, n. 1. a glucoside, C14H17NO6, that occurs in plants yielding indigo and from which indigo is obtained. 2. Biochem. indoxyl potassium sulfate, C8H6NO4SK, a ...
indicant
/in"di keuhnt/, n. 1. something that indicates; indicator. adj. 2. Obs. serving to indicate; indicative. [1600-10; < L indicant- (s. of indicans, prp. of indicare to point, make ...
indicate
—indicatable, adj. —indicatory /in dik"euh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /in"di kayt'/, v.t., indicated, indicating. 1. to be a sign of; betoken; evidence; show: His hesitation ...
indicated horsepower
the horsepower of a reciprocating engine as shown by an indicator record. Abbr.: ihp, IHP [1870-75] * * *
indication
/in'di kay"sheuhn/, n. 1. anything serving to indicate or point out, as a sign or token. 2. Med. a special symptom or the like that points out a suitable remedy or treatment or ...
indicative
—indicatively, adv. /in dik"euh tiv/, adj. 1. showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually fol. by of): behavior indicative of mental disorder. 2. ...
indicatively
See indicative. * * *
indicator
/in"di kay'teuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that indicates. 2. a pointing or directing device, as a pointer on the dial of an instrument to show pressure, temperature, speed, ...
indicator species
▪ ecology       organism—often a microorganism or a plant—that serves as a measure of the environmental conditions that exist in a given locale. For example, ...
indicatory
See indicate. * * *
indices
/in"deuh seez'/, n. a pl. of index. * * *
indicia
/in dish"ee euh/, n.pl., sing. indicium. 1. a postal marking used rather than a stamp or a regular cancellation on each item in a large shipment of prepaid mail. 2. Often, ...
indicial
—indicially, adv. /in dish"euhl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling an indication; indicative: behavior indicial of a personality disorder. 2. of, pertaining to, or ...
indicial equation
Math. an equation that is obtained from a given linear differential equation and that indicates whether a solution in power series form exists for the differential equation. * * *
indicium
/in dish"ee euhm/, n., pl. indicia /-dish"ee euh/, indiciums. indicia (def. 2). [1615-25; < L: disclosure, sign, indication, equiv. to indic(are) to make known (see INDICATE) + ...
indicolite
/in dik"euh luyt'/, n. Mineral. a dark-blue tourmaline, used as a gem. [1800-10; < F; see INDIGO, -LITE] * * *
indict
—indictee, n. —indicter, indictor, n. /in duyt"/, v.t. 1. (of a grand jury) to bring a formal accusation against, as a means of bringing to trial: The grand jury indicted him ...
indictable
—indictability, n. —indictably, adv. /in duy"teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. liable to being indicted, as a person. 2. making a person liable to indictment, as an offense. [1700-10; ...
indictee
See indict. * * *
indicter
See indictee. * * *
indiction
—indictional, adj. /in dik"sheuhn/, n. 1. a proclamation made every 15 years in the later Roman Empire, fixing the valuation of property to be used as a basis for taxation. 2. ...
indictment
/in duyt"meuhnt/, n. 1. an act of indicting. 2. Law. a formal accusation initiating a criminal case, presented by a grand jury and usually required for felonies and other serious ...
indictor
See indictee. * * *
indie
/in"dee/, Informal. n. 1. an independently owned business: to work for an indie. adj. 2. (of a person) self-employed; (of a business) privately owned: an indie film ...
indie music
(also indie) n [U] pop or rock music produced by small, independent record companies. The expression was first used in the early 1980s, when a number of these companies were ...
Indienne
/an'dee en"/; Fr. /aonn dyen"/, adj. 1. (of food) prepared or seasoned in East Indian style, as with curry. n. 2. (l.c.) a lightweight cotton fabric printed or painted in ...
Indies
/in"deez/, n. the. 1. (used with a pl. v.) See West Indies (def. 1). 2. (used with a pl. v.) See East Indies (def. 1). 3. (used with a sing. v.) a region in and near S and SE ...
Indies, Council of the
▪ Spanish history Spanish  Consejo De Indias,         supreme governing body of Spain's colonies in America (1524–1834). Composed of between 6 and 10 councillors ...
Indies, Laws of the
Entire body of law promulgated by the Spanish crown in the 16th–18th centuries for the governance of its colonies. It consists of a compendium of decrees on church government ...
indifference
/in dif"euhr euhns, -dif"reuhns/, n. 1. lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty. 2. unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not ...
indifference curve
▪ economics       in economics, graph showing various combinations of two things (usually consumer goods) that yield equal satisfaction or utility to an individual. ...
indifferency
/in dif"euhr euhn see, -dif"reuhn-/, n. Archaic. indifference. [1400-50; late ME; see INDIFFERENCE] * * *
indifferent
—indifferently, adv. /in dif"euhr euhnt, -dif"reuhnt/, adj. 1. without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic: his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others. 2. ...
indifferentism
—indifferentist, n. /in dif"euhr euhn tiz'euhm, -dif"reuhn-/, n. 1. systematic indifference. 2. adiaphorism. 3. the principle or opinion that differences of religious belief ...
indifferentist
See indifferentism. * * *
indifferently
See indifferent. * * *
indigen
in·di·gen (ĭnʹdĭ-jən, -jĕn') also in·di·gene (-jən, -jēn') n. One that is native or indigenous to an area.   [French indigène, native, a native, from Latin ...
indigence
/in"di jeuhns/, n. seriously impoverished condition; poverty. [1325-75; ME < L indigentia need. See INDIGENT, -ENCE] Syn. privation, need, want, penury. Ant. wealth. * * *
indigene
/in"di jeen'/, n. a person or thing that is indigenous or native; native; autochthon. Also, indigen /in"di jeuhn/. [1590-1600; < MF < L indigena a native. See INDIGENOUS] * * *
Indigenismo
Latin American movement pressing for a dominant social and political role for Indians in countries where they constitute a majority. Its adherents draw a sharp distinction ...
indigenize
—indigenization, n. /in dij"euh nuyz'/, v.t., indigenized, indigenizing. 1. to make indigenous. 2. to increase local participation in or ownership of: to indigenize ...
indigenous
—indigenously, adv. —indigenousness, indigenity /in'di jen"i tee/, n. /in dij"euh neuhs/, adj. 1. originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native ...
indigenously
See indigenous. * * *
indigenousness
See indigenously. * * *
indigent
—indigently, adv. /in"di jeuhnt/, adj. 1. lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished. 2. Archaic. a. deficient in what ...
indigently
See indigent. * * *
indigestibility
See indigestible. * * *
indigestible
—indigestibility, indigestibleness, n. —indigestibly, adv. /in'di jes"teuh beuhl, -duy-/, adj. not digestible; not easily digested. [1520-30; < LL indigestibilis. See IN-3, ...
indigestibly
See indigestibility. * * *
indigestion
/in'di jes"cheuhn, -duy-/, n. 1. uncomfortable inability or difficulty in digesting food; dyspepsia. 2. an instance or case of indigestion. [1400-50; late ME < LL indigestion- ...
indigestive
/in'di jes"tiv, -duy-/, adj. accompanied by or suffering from indigestion; dyspeptic. [1625-35; IN-3 + DIGESTIVE] * * *
Indigirka
In·di·gir·ka (ĭn'dĭ-gîrʹkə) A river, about 1,789 km (1,112 mi) long, of northeast Russia flowing generally northward to the East Siberian Sea. * * *
Indigirka River
▪ river, Russia       river, Sakha republic (Yakutia), far eastern Russia. It is one of the major rivers of northeastern Siberia. The Indigirka rises in the Verkhoyansk ...
indign
/in duyn"/, adj. 1. Archaic. unworthy. 2. Obs. unbecoming or disgraceful. [1400-50; late ME indigne < MF < L indignus, equiv. to in- IN-3 + dignus worthy; see DIGNITY] * * *
indignant
—indignantly, adv. /in dig"neuhnt/, adj. feeling, characterized by, or expressing strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base: indignant ...
indignantly
See indignant. * * *
indignation
/in'dig nay"sheuhn/, n. strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base; righteous anger. [1325-75; ME indignacio(u)n < L indignation- (s. of ...
indignity
/in dig"ni tee/, n., pl. indignities. 1. an injury to a person's dignity; slighting or contemptuous treatment; humiliating affront, insult, or injury. 2. Obs. disgrace or ...
indigo
/in"di goh'/, n., pl. indigos, indigoes, adj. n. 1. a blue dye obtained from various plants, esp. of the genus Indigofera, or manufactured synthetically. 2. See indigo blue (def. ...
indigo blue
—indigo-blue, adj. 1. indigo (def. 4). 2. Also called indigo, indigotin. a dark-blue, water-insoluble, crystalline powder, C16H10N2O2, having a bronzelike luster, the essential ...
indigo bunting
a North American bunting, Passerina cyanea, the male of which is indigo. Also called indigo bird, indigo finch. [1775-85, Amer.] * * *
indigo plant
Any shrub or herb in the genus Indigofera of the pea family (see legume). Most occur in warm climates and are silky or hairy. The leaves are usually divided into smaller ...
indigo snake
a large, deep-blue or brown harmless snake, Drymarchon corais, ranging from the southern U.S. to South America and invading burrows to prey on small mammals: the eastern ...
indigobunting
indigo bunting n. A small common finch (Passerina cyanea) of North and Central America, the male of which has deep blue plumage. * * *
indigoid
/in"di goyd'/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to that group of vat dyes that have a molecular structure similar to that of indigo. n. 2. an indigoid substance. [1905-10; INDIG(O) + ...
indigosnake
indigo snake n. A nonvenomous bluish-black snake (Drymarchon corais) of the southern United States and northern Mexico. * * *
indigosquill
indigo squill n. See eastern camass. * * *
indigotic
/in'di got"ik/, adj. indigo (def. 5). [1830-40; INDIGO + -TIC] * * *
indigotin
/in dig"euh tin, in'di goht"n/, n. See indigo blue (def. 2). [1830-40; INDIGOT(IC) + -IN2] * * *
indinavir
in·din·a·vir (ĭn-dĭnʹə-vîr) n. A protease-inhibiting drug usually used in combination with other drugs to suppress the replication of HIV.   [Alteration of indene + ...
Indio
/in"dee oh'/, n. a town in S California. 21,611. * * * ▪ California, United States       city, Riverside county, southern California, U.S. Located in the Coachella ...
indirect
—indirectly, adv. —indirectness, n. /in'deuh rekt", -duy-/, adj. 1. not in a direct course or path; deviating from a straight line; roundabout: an indirect course in ...
indirect address
Computers. the address in a storage location that contains the actual machine address of a data item or of other information, as the next instruction, or that contains another ...
indirect cost
a business cost that is not directly accountable to a particular function or product; a fixed cost, as a land tax or the like. [1905-10] * * *
indirect discourse
discourse consisting not of an exact quotation of a speaker's words but of a version transformed from them for grammatical inclusion in a larger sentence. He said he was hungry ...
indirect evidence.
See circumstantial evidence. [1815-25] * * *
indirect free kick
Soccer. a free kick from which a goal cannot be scored until after the ball has been touched by at least one player other than the kicker. * * *
indirect initiative
a procedure in which a statute or amendment proposed by popular petition must receive legislative consideration before being submitted to the voters. * * *
indirect labor
labor performed, as by maintenance and clerical workers, that is not considered in computing costs per unit of production. Cf. direct labor. * * *
indirect lighting
reflected or diffused light, used esp. in interiors to avoid glare or shadows. [1920-25] * * *
indirect object
a word or group of words representing the person or thing with reference to which the action of a verb is performed, in English generally coming between the verb and the direct ...
indirect primary
U.S. Politics. a primary in which members of a party elect delegates to a party convention that in turn elects the party's candidates. Cf. direct primary. * * *
indirect proof
an argument for a proposition that shows its negation to be incompatible with a previously accepted or established premise. * * *
indirect tax
a tax levied indirectly, as one levied on commodities before they reach the consumer but ultimately paid by the consumer as part of the market price. [1795-1805] * * *
indirectevidence
indirect evidence n. Circumstantial evidence. * * *
indirection
/in'deuh rek"sheuhn, -duy-/, n. 1. indirect action or procedure. 2. a roundabout course or method. 3. a lack of direction or goal; aimlessness: His efforts were marked by ...
indirectlighting
indirect lighting n. Illumination by reflected or diffused light. * * *
indirectly
See indirect. * * *
indirectness
See indirectly. * * *
indirectobject
indirect object n. An object indirectly affected by the action of a verb, as me in Sing me a song and turtles in He feeds turtles lettuce. * * *
indirecttax
indirect tax n. A tax, such as a sales tax or value-added tax, that is levied on goods or services rather than individuals and is ultimately paid by consumers in the form of ...
indiscernible
—indiscernibleness, indiscernibility, n. —indiscernibly, adv. /in'di serr"neuh beuhl, -zerr"-/, adj. not discernible; that cannot be seen or perceived clearly; ...
indiscernibly
See indiscernible. * * *
indiscerptible
/in'di serrp"teuh beuhl/, adj. not discerptible; indivisible. [1650-60; IN-3 + DISCERPTIBLE] * * *
indiscipline
—indisciplinable, adj. —indisciplined, adj. /in dis"euh plin/, n. 1. lack of discipline or control: a campus problem of student indiscipline. 2. an instance of ...
indisciplined
See indiscipline. * * *
indiscoverable
/in'di skuv"euhr euh beuhl/, adj. not discoverable. [1630-40; IN-3 + DISCOVERABLE] * * *
indiscreet
—indiscreetly, adv. —indiscreetness, n. /in'di skreet"/, adj. not discreet; lacking prudence, good judgment, or circumspection: an indiscreet remark. [1375-1425; late ME ...
indiscreetly
See indiscreet. * * *
indiscreetness
See indiscreetly. * * *
indiscrete
/in'di skreet", in dis"kreet/, adj. 1. not discrete; not divided into parts. 2. Math. trivial (def. 4). [1600-10; < L indiscretus undivided. See IN-3, DISCRETE] * * *
indiscretion
—indiscretionary, adj. /in'di skresh"euhn/, n. 1. lack of discretion; imprudence. 2. an indiscreet act, remark, etc. [1300-50; ME < LL indiscretion- (s. of indiscretio). See ...
indiscriminate
—indiscriminately, adv. —indiscriminateness, n. /in'di skrim"euh nit/, adj. 1. not discriminating; lacking in care, judgment, selectivity, etc.: indiscriminate in one's ...
indiscriminately
See indiscriminate. * * *
indiscriminateness
See indiscriminately. * * *
indiscriminating
—indiscriminatingly, adv. /in'di skrim"euh nay'ting/, adj. not discriminating. [1745-55; IN-3 + DISCRIMINATING] * * *
indiscrimination
—indiscriminative, adj. /in'di skrim'euh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of not discriminating. 2. the quality or condition of being indiscriminate or of not ...
indiscriminative
See indiscrimination. * * *
indiscussible
/in'di skus"euh beuhl/, adj. unsuitable for or not subject or open to discussion; not negotiable. Also, indiscussable. [1890-95; IN-3 + DISCUSSIBLE] * * *
indispensability
See indispensable. * * *
indispensable
—indispensability, indispensableness, n. —indispensably, adv. /in'di spen"seuh beuhl/, adj. 1. absolutely necessary, essential, or requisite: an indispensable member of the ...
indispensableness
See indispensability. * * *
indispensably
See indispensability. * * *
indispose
/in'di spohz"/, v.t., indisposed, indisposing. 1. to make ill, esp. slightly. 2. to put out of the proper condition for something; make unfit: The long tennis match indisposed me ...
indisposed
—indisposedness /in'di spoh"zid nis, -spohzd"-/, n. /in'di spohzd"/, adj. 1. sick or ill, esp. slightly: to be indisposed with a cold. 2. disinclined or unwilling; averse: ...
indisposition
/in'dis peuh zish"euhn/, n. 1. state of being indisposed. 2. a slight illness. 3. disinclination; unwillingness. [1400-50; late ME; see IN-3, DISPOSITION] * * *
indisputability
See indisputable. * * *
indisputable
—indisputability, indisputableness, n. —indisputably, adv. /in'di spyooh"teuh beuhl, in dis"pyeuh-/, adj. 1. not disputable or deniable; uncontestable. indisputable ...


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