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

  • n. The act or process of subtracting; deduction.
  • n. Mathematics The arithmetic operation of finding the difference between two quantities or numbers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. (uncountable) The process of subtracting a number from another.
  • n. (countable) A calculation involving subtracting.
  • n. The removal of something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj.
  • n. The act or operation of subtracting or taking away a part.
  • n. The taking of a lesser number or quantity from a greater of the same kind or denomination; an operation for finding the difference between two numbers or quantities.
  • n. The withdrawing or withholding from a person of some right to which he is entitled by law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of subtracting, or taking a part from a whole.
  • n. Specifically, in arithmetic and algebra, the taking of one number or quantity from another; the operation of finding the difference between two numbers.
  • n. In law, a withdrawing or neglecting, as when a person who owes any suit, duty, custom, or service to another withdraws it or neglects to perform it.
  • n. Detraction.

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

  • n. an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated
  • n. the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole)


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