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Definitions of sub

  1. a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese ( and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
  2. a submersible warship usually armed with torpedoes
  3. be a substitute; " The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague"; " The skim milk substitutes for cream-- we are on a strict diet"
  4. A subordinate; a subaltern.
  5. A prefix signifying under, below, beneath, and hence often, in an inferior position or degree, in an imperfect or partial state, as in subscribe, substruct, subserve, subject, subordinate, subacid, subastringent, subgranular, suborn. Sub- in Latin compounds often becomes sum- before m, sur before r, and regularly becomes suc-, suf-, sug-, and sup- before c, f, g, and p respectively. Before c, p, and t it sometimes takes form sus- ( by the dropping of b from a collateral form, subs-).
  6. A prefix denoting that the ingredient ( of a compound) signified by the term to which it is prefixed, is present in only a small proportion, or less than the normal amount; as, subsulphide, suboxide, etc. Prefixed to the name of a salt it is equivalent to basic; as, subacetate or basic acetate.
  7. A prefix to words formed from Latin roots, noting beneath, less than the normal or typical, inferior; it corresponds to the Greek prefix hypo-.
  8. Prefix denoting under.
  9. Under; from under.
  10. Somewhat; slightly; nearly; as, subvertical.
  11. Subordinate; secondary; inferior; lower; as, subcommittee.
  12. A subordinate, of which it is a contraction.
  13. A Latin prefix signifying under, extensively used to express a subordinate degree or imperfect state of a quality.
  14. A prefix signifying " under" or " below"; beneath; sub denotes a less or inferior degree, or an imperfect state, of the quality expressed by the word before which it is placed; for the sake of euphony, the b in sub becomes c, f, g, m, p, or s, according to the first letter of the other part of the word, as in succeed, suffer, suggest, summon, supplant, sustain.
  15. In familiar language, a subordinate; one lower in rank.
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Usage examples for sub

  1. That's one improvement the Sub Engineers haven't heard about yet." – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  2. I have been in practice since 1892. I am a member of the Managing Committee of the Society of Authors and of the Dramatic Sub- Committee of that body. – The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet by George Bernard Shaw
  3. The buff sub- marginal border line on the under surface of the wings between the rows of silver spots is also wider in the mountain species. – Butterflies Worth Knowing by Clarence M. Weed
  4. Then Mr. Flexen's sub- conscious mind began to jog his intellect. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  5. " Well, well, and so you can," said the master, amused by the show of sub- acute jealousy. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  6. The make- up of some of the sub- committees revealed the forces behind the Defense Council. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  7. The table was the kind that has a sub- shelf. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  8. That on the right had Gcopo for leader, that on the left, another sub- chief, named Matela, while the centre, which was composed of the Udhloko, was led by Sobuza, who, as commander of the expedition, directed the movements generally. – The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley by Bertram Mitford
  9. I am arranging a new sub rosa route. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  10. We have, then, to ask: How was a given group sub- divided? – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
  11. We were now opposite the Sub- Treasury, its roof lost in the settling fogs, the bronze figure of the Father of His Country dominating the flight of marble steps and the adjacent streets. – Peter A Novel of Which He is Not the Hero by F. Hopkinson Smith
  12. He shook his fist toward the sub. – The U-boat hunters by James B. Connolly
  13. The remarks made about the Indians at the Siletz agency will generally apply to the Indians of this sub- agency. – The Indian Question (1874) by Francis A. Walker
  14. It chose seven of its own members, who with the four officers formed a management sub- committee of eleven. – The Government of England (Vol. I) by A. Lawrence Lowell
  15. Annum agens 17. Educatus sub. – The Commercial Restraints of Ireland by John Hely Hutchinson
  16. Sub- Section B. Revealed Religion. – Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  17. Threatening to report the affair to Duckett, the novelist withdrew, pursued by the mocking laughter of the chief editor and the sub; but, on second thoughts, he deemed it more prudent to let the matter drop. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  18. " You did splendid work on the sub team this year," replied Miriam warmly. – Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College by Jessie Graham Flower
  19. This should be the business of the sub- commissioner's secretary, and he can be aided in it by a black clerk. – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  20. To frequent the imperial salons and live with insolent luxury, and then to abandon that millionaire life and bury himself as sub- prefect at Issoudun or Savenay was certainly holding himself below his position. – Juana by Honore de Balzac
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