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

  • Subordinate; sub-maximal or subnormal: said specifically of the stimuli which evoke marginal or obscure mental processes.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale


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sub- +‎ dominant



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