from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An entry, such as one in an account, catalog, or reference work, that is included within a main entry.

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  • n. A subordinate entry

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A subordinate entry; an entry made under another.


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  • The subentry for the phrase in concert (with) starts with an early 18th century citation:

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  • I think the best tool is probably a simple spreadsheet or database, where you can list entry, potential subentry, and page number.

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  • That is not the case for alternating current, a subentry under alternate, or the array to be found under pass, which includes in passing (participle/gerund), make a pass at (noun), pass by (verb), passed pawn (adjective/past participle).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 3


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