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 for indicator
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Honey \Hon"ey\ (h[u^]n"[y^]), n. [OE. honi, huni, AS. hunig;
     akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag, honang, Icel.
     hunang, Sw. h[*a]ning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust,
     Skr. ka[.n]a grain.]
     1. A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from
        flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the
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     2. That which is sweet or pleasant, like honey.
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              The honey of his language.            --Shak.
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     3. Sweet one; -- a term of endearment. --Chaucer.
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              Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus. --Shak.
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     Note: Honey is often used adjectively or as the first part of
           compound; as, honeydew or honey dew; honey guide or
           honeyguide; honey locust or honey-locust.
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     Honey+ant+(Zool.),+a+small+ant+({Myrmecocystus+melliger">Honey ant (Zool.), a small ant ({Myrmecocystus melliger),
        found in the Southwestern United States, and in Mexico,
        living in subterranean formicares. There are larger and
        smaller ordinary workers, and others, which serve as
        receptacles or cells for the storage of honey, their
        abdomens becoming distended to the size of a currant.
        These, in times of scarcity, regurgitate the honey and
        feed the rest.
     Honey badger (Zool.), the ratel.
     Honey bear. (Zool.) See Kinkajou.
     Honey buzzard (Zool.), a bird related to the kites, of the
        genus Pernis. The European species is Pernis apivorus;
        the Indian or crested honey buzzard is Pernis
        ptilorhyncha. They feed upon honey and the larv[ae] of
        bees. Called also bee hawk, bee kite.
     Honey guide (Zool.), one of several species of small birds
        of the family Indicatorid[ae], inhabiting Africa and the
        East Indies. They have the habit of leading persons to the
        nests to wild bees. Called also honeybird, and
     Honey harvest, the gathering of honey from hives, or the
        honey which is gathered. --Dryden.
     Honey kite. (Zool.) See Honey buzzard (above).
     Honey locust (Bot.), a North American tree ({Gleditschia
        triacanthos), armed with thorns, and having long pods
        with a sweet pulp between the seeds.
     Honey month. Same as Honeymoon.
     Honey weasel (Zool.), the ratel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indicator \In"di*ca`tor\ ([i^]n"d[i^]*k[=a]`t[~e]r), n. [L.: cf.
     F. indicateur.]
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     1. One who, or that which, shows or points out; as, a fare
        indicator in a street car.
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     2. (Mach.) A pressure gauge; a water gauge, as for a steam
        boiler; an apparatus or instrument for showing the working
        of a machine or moving part; as:
        (a) (Steam Engine) An instrument which draws a diagram
            showing the varying pressure in the cylinder of an
            engine or pump at every point of the stroke. It
            consists of a small cylinder communicating with the
            engine cylinder and fitted with a piston which the
            varying pressure drives upward more or less against
            the resistance of a spring. A lever imparts motion to
            a pencil which traces the diagram on a card wrapped
            around a vertical drum which is turned back and forth
            by a string connected with the piston rod of the
            engine. See Indicator card (below).
        (b) A telltale connected with a hoisting machine, to show,
            at the surface, the position of the cage in the shaft
            of a mine, etc.
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     3. (Mech.) The part of an instrument by which an effect is
        indicated, as an index or pointer.
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     4. (Zool.) Any bird of the genus Indicator and allied
        genera. See Honey guide, under Honey.
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     5. (Chem.) That which indicates the condition of acidity,
        alkalinity, or the deficiency, excess, or sufficiency of a
        standard reagent, by causing an appearance, disappearance,
        or change of color, as in titration or volumetric
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     Note: The common indicators are litmus, trop[ae]olin, phenol
           phthalein, potassic permanganate, etc.
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     Indicator card, the figure drawn by an engine indicator, by
        means of which the working of the engine can be
        investigated and its power calculated. The Illustration
        shows one form of indicator card, from a steam engine,
        together with scales by which the pressure of the steam
        above or below that of the atmosphere, corresponding to
        any position of the engine piston in its stroke, can be
        measured. Called also indicator diagram.
     Indicator telegraph, a telegraph in which the signals are
        the deflections of a magnetic needle, as in the
        trans-Atlantic system.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 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 [syn: index,
           index number, indicant, indicator]
      2: a signal for attracting attention
      3: a device for showing the operating condition of some system
      4: (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

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "indicator":
     Fathometer, JP, Justice, arbiter, arbitrator, badge, banner,
     bencher, bob, character, characteristic, control indicator,
     count-rate meter, critic, current indicator, density indicator,
     depth sounder, detonation indicator, device, differentia, display,
     earmark, echo sounder, fault lamp, flowmeter, galvanometer, gauge,
     hallmark, his honor, his lordship, his worship, humidity indicator,
     hygrometer, idiosyncrasy, image, index, indicant, insignia,
     interferometer, ionization gauge, judge, justice, keynote, lead,
     liquid-level indicator, load indicator, logger, magistrate, mark,
     measure, meter, moderator, needle, note, pH meter, peculiarity,
     picture, plumb, plumb bob, plumb line, plummet, pointer,
     potentiometer, probe, property, psychometer, pyrometer, referee,
     representation, representative, seal, sigil, sign, signal,
     signature, sound, space probe, stamp, sure sign, symptom,
     telltale sign, thermocouple, time-interval meter, trait,
     turn indicator, umpire, vibration meter, voltage indicator

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