American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Mathematics To be opposite to and delimit: The side of a triangle subtends the opposite angle.
- v. To underlie so as to enclose or surround: flowers subtended by leafy bracts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To extend under or be opposite to: a geometrical terra: as, the side of a triangle which subtends the right angle.
- In botany, to embrace in its axil, as a leaf, bract, etc.: as, in many Compositæ the florets are subtended by bracts called chaff.
- v. transitive To extend or stretch underneath or opposite something
- v. mathematics To enclose an arc on a circle with an angle
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To extend under, or be opposed to.
- v. be opposite to; of angles and sides, in geometry
- Latin subtendere; sub under + tendere to stretch, extend. See tend. (Wiktionary)
- Latin subtendere, to extend underneath : sub-, sub- + tendere, to extend; see ten- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Truly, the obsessions which subtend that novel are without a doubt the strongest of all those which run through my work, including Empire of the Sun.”
“And that this was not correct because these attractions all lie in the same direction and subtend a total of twelve degrees of arc.”
“The Body by Jenny Boully is a work of poetry, composed entirely of footnotes that subtend blank pages and comment upon an invisible, if not imaginary, text that allegedly occupies this poetic vacuum.”
“Anyhow, when Blondie told me the range of the targets, I figured the difference between the two and realized what the subtend value was for the dots at that range.”
“Most red-dot sights offer dots that subtend either 4 minutes of angle at 100 yards, or 3 or 2 minutes.”
“If, as the contextual theory also implies, observation-statements depend on theoretical principles, any inadequacy in these principles will be transmitted to the observation-statements they subtend, whence our beliefs about what is observed may be in error, and even our experiences themselves can be criticised for giving only an approximate account of what is going on in reality.”
“D. involucrata is renown for the large bracts, up to 30 centimeters (cm) long, that subtend the base of the inflorescence, giving the tree in flower a very striking appearance.”
“The latter species is revered in China for its curious inflorescence in which bracts up to 30 centimeters (cm) long subtend the flowers.”
“Parental love thus forms the basis of the emotional capacities that in turn subtend harmonious social relations.”
“Beginning with Damascan Trachonitis, and situated, in the parallel of north lat. 28 degrees, about sixty direct miles east of the Red Sea, it is reported to subtend the whole coast of North – Western Arabia, between”
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