from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The fourth tone of a scale.
- n. The triad built on the subdominant tone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The fourth tone above, or fifth below, the tonic; -- so called as being under the dominant.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
sub- + dominant (Wiktionary)