American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Subtle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tenuous; thin; extremely fine; rare; rarefied: as, subtile vapor; subtile odors or effluvia; a subtile powder; a subtile medium. Also subtle.
- Delicately constituted, made, or formed; delicately constructed; thin; slender; fine; delicate; refined; dainty. Also subtle.
- Sharp; penetrating; piercing.
- Same as subtle, 3.
- Same as subtle, 4.
- Same as subtle, 5.
- Same as subtle, 7.
- To contrive or practise cunningly.
- To scheme or plan cunningly.
- To tamper; meddle.
- adj. obsolete subtle
GNU Webster's 1913
- From Latin subtilis ("fine, thin, slender, delicate"), perhaps, from sub ("under") + tela ("a web, fabric"); see tela, toil. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French subtil, from Latin subtīlis, fine, delicate; see subtle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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