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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. Under; from under.
  8. Somewhat; slightly; nearly; as, subvertical.
  9. Subordinate; secondary; inferior; lower; as, subcommittee.
  10. A subordinate, of which it is a contraction.
  11. 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.
  12. In familiar language, a subordinate; one lower in rank.
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Usage examples for sub

  1. I am arranging a new sub rosa route. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  2. Then Mr. Flexen's sub- conscious mind began to jog his intellect. – The Loudwater Mystery by Edgar Jepson
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. The table was the kind that has a sub- shelf. – Fanny Herself by Edna Ferber
  7. That's one improvement the Sub Engineers haven't heard about yet." – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  8. " 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
  9. The make- up of some of the sub- committees revealed the forces behind the Defense Council. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  10. Annum agens 17. Educatus sub. – The Commercial Restraints of Ireland by John Hely Hutchinson
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. He shook his fist toward the sub. – The U-boat hunters by James B. Connolly
  14. " Well, well, and so you can," said the master, amused by the show of sub- acute jealousy. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  15. 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
  16. Sub- Section B. Revealed Religion. – Hegel’s Philosophy of Mind by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
  17. 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
  18. We have, then, to ask: How was a given group sub- divided? – Introduction to the Study of History by Charles V. Langlois Charles Seignobos
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