American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Music The fourth tone of a diatonic scale, next below the dominant.
- adj. Zoology Less than dominant; ranking below one that is dominant: the subdominant male in a pride of lions.
- adj. Ecology Prevalent in a community but below the dominant in importance. Used of a species.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, the tone next below the dominant in a scale; the fourth, as D in the scale of A: also used adjectively. See diagram under circle.
- Subordinate; sub-maximal or subnormal: said specifically of the stimuli which evoke marginal or obscure mental processes.
- n. music The fourth tone of a scale.
- n. music The triad built on the subdominant tone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) The fourth tone above, or fifth below, the tonic; -- so called as being under the dominant.
- n. (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
- sub- + dominant (Wiktionary)
“The IV chord, also called the subdominant, is a chord built on the fourth tone of the scale, in our example, a B-flat.”
“Epiphany" is pretty extravagantly lovely for a hymn; check out those strong-beat double non-harmonic tones in the third bar, like cheese melting onto the sirloin burger of subdominant substitutions.”
“That afternoon, I ... ... staked a subdominant buck decoy about 15 yards off the stand in a small opening in the otherwise thick hedge pasture, then climbed up to my perch.”
“The core of his argument concerns the relationships of keys to each other, the establishment of a tonal centre, the sequence of tonic, dominant, subdominant.”
“It's far closer to the language of Tristan — or, in a way, the epic E-flat-major triad that opens Das Rheingold (which, when it finally does move, goes to the not to the dominant but the subdominant — where Wolf and Puccini start).”
“In the recent Berkshire Hathaway merger with BNSF railroad, Berkshire was the dominant company and BNSF the subdominant one.”
“The other business, the subdominant company, is folded into the dominant company.”
“After we have identified the dominant and subdominant companies, we need to figure out the terms of the deal.”
“The first thing we have to do when assessing a merger between two companies is to determine which is the dominant one and which is the subdominant one.”
“When Warren is ascertaining the likelihood of the deal being completed, he also likes to look at the intentions of the management of the subdominant company, the one being bought.”
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