indicator indicator  /ˈɪn də ˌkeɪ tər/


  1. (n) 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
  2. (n) a signal for attracting attention
  3. (n) a device for showing the operating condition of some system
  4. (n) (chemistry) a substance that changes color 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



  1. Most economic data like the quarterly GDP reading are lagging indicators.
  2. Most economic data like the quarterly GDP reading are lagging indicators.
  3. But the Index of Leading Economic Indicators is also pointing to better times ahead.


  1. Indicator sees Nebraska's growth sputtering

    Economic indicators that predict future growth in the state's economy failed in May to build on the solid growth seen in April, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln economist said.
    on June 23, 2013     Source: Omaha World-Herald

  2. Nebraska economic indicator rises

    The Leading Economic Indicator-Nebraska rose by 0.09 percent in May. A composite index of six economic reports, the indicator is designed to predict economic growth six months into the future. The indicator is produced by faculty and students in the Department of Economics and Bureau of Business Research at the UNL College of Business Administration.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Lincoln Journal Star

  3. New Housing Indicator In Town - And It's Different

    There's a new housing indicator in town. Before your eyes glaze over with housing-analysis fatigue, listen up: This report is different. The Nevada Department of Business & Industry on Thursday unveiled its first Nevada Housing Stability Index, a report
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal


  1. "A safe Olympics is the biggest indicator of the success of the games," Xi, tasked with supervising overall Olympic preparations, said in a speech at the Great Hall of the People, the seat of China's legislature.
    on Jul 9, 2008 By: Xi Jinping Source: San Jose Mercury News

  2. "McCain's statement today that withdrawing troops doesn't matter is a crystal-clear indicator that he just doesn't get the grave national security consequences of staying the course," Reid said in a statement. "Osama bin Laden is freely...
    on Apr 11, 2007 By: Harry Reid Source: Newsday

  3. "It was an indicator for me that I was as nervous as I felt," Norman said.
    on Jul 19, 2008 By: Greg Norman Source: San Jose Mercury News

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