- the act or process of applying a substratum.
- the material used for a substratum.
Origin of subbing
- a submarine.
- a substitute.
- a submarine sandwich. See hero sandwich.
- a subcontractor.
- a sublieutenant.
- a subordinate.
- a subaltern.
- British. an advance against one's wages, especially one granted as a subsistence allowance.
- Photography. a substratum.
- to act as a substitute for another.
- Photography. to coat (a film or plate) with a substratum.
Origin of sub
by shortening of words prefixed with sub-
Regional variation note
3. See hero sandwich.
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Examples from the Web for subbing
But is subbing him in for the embattled CEO anything more than a cosmetic change?The BP Cast List
The Daily Beast
June 16, 2010
TV Newser hears rumor that for one night only, Arianna Huffington will be subbing for Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.Ashley Dupre on 20/20 and other TV Highlights
November 16, 2008
The young engineer had gotten him a job “subbing” as a helper on a yards switch engine.Ralph on the Overland Express
He did go to Philadelphia presently and found work "subbing" on a daily paper,'The Inquirer.'Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Mr. Lemuel Wacker was "subbing" as extra for the superannuated old cripple whose sole duty was to wave a flag as trains went by.Bart Stirling's Road to Success
The young printer began to get some work at "subbing," though it was scant and irregular.
"The psychologist who's subbing for Dr. von Heydenreich," the box told him patiently.Day of the Moron
Henry Beam Piper
- (intr) to serve as a substitute
- (intr) informal to act as a substitute (for)
- British informal to grant or receive (an advance payment of wages or salary)
- (tr) informal short for subedit
- (tr) photog to apply a substratum to (a film or plate base)
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Word Origin and History for subbing
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