from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A quantity or number to be subtracted from another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A number or quantity to be subtracted from another.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sum or number to be subtracted, or taken from another (the
minuend) to find the difference.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mathematics, the number to be taken from another (which is called the minuend) in the operation of subtraction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the number to be subtracted from the minuend
The _subtrahend_ is placed _under_ the minuend to be _drawn_ from it.
It may seem a matter of trivial importance whether the pupil increases the subtrahend number or decreases the minuend number when he subtracts digits that involve taking or borrowing; and yet investigation proves that to increase the subtrahend number is by far the simpler process, and eliminates both a source of waste and a source of error, which, in the aggregate, may assume a significance to mental economy that is well worth considering.
We should, therefore, beware of the error to which in our unspirituality we are specially liable; and when we hear Christ assert that "whosoever committeth sin is the slave of sin," we should believe and know, that these words are not extravagant, and contain no subtrahend, -- that they indicate a self-enslavement of the human will which is so real, so total, and so absolute, as to necessitate the renewing grace of God in order to deliverance from it.