[ suhb ]
/ sʌb /
a submissive in a BDSM sexual encounter or relationship.
a submarine sandwich. See entry at hero sandwich.
British. an advance against one's wages, especially one granted as a subsistence allowance.
Photography. a substratum.
verb (used without object), subbed, sub·bing.
to act as a substitute for another.
verb (used with object), subbed, sub·bing.
Photography. to coat (a film or plate) with a substratum.
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Origin of sub
By shortening of words prefixed with sub-
regional variation note for sub
4. See hero sandwich.
Definition for sub (2 of 4)
supplemental unemployment benefits.
Definition for sub (3 of 4)
a prefix occurring originally in loanwords from Latin (subject; subtract; subvert; subsidy); on this model, freely attached to elements of any origin and used with the meaning “under,” “below,” “beneath” (subalpine; substratum), “slightly,” “imperfectly,” “nearly” (subcolumnar; subtropical), “secondary,” “subordinate” (subcommittee; subplot).
- a prefix indicating a basic compound: subacetate; subcarbonate; subnitrate.
- a prefix indicating that the element is present in a relatively small proportion, i.e., in a low oxidation state: subchloride; suboxide.
Origin of sub-
<Latin, combining form representing sub (preposition); akin to Greek hypó;see hypo-
Definition for sub (4 of 4)
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British Dictionary definitions for sub (1 of 3)
/ (sʌb) /
verb subs, subbing or subbed
(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)
British Dictionary definitions for sub (2 of 3)
situated under or beneathsubterranean
secondary in rank; subordinatesubeditor
falling short of; less than or imperfectlysubarctic; subhuman
forming a subdivision or subordinate part of a wholesubcommittee
- indicating that a compound contains a relatively small proportion of a specified elementsuboxide
- indicating that a salt is basic saltsubacetate
Word Origin for sub-
from Latin sub
British Dictionary definitions for sub (3 of 3)
subito (in music)
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Medical definitions for sub
Below; under; beneath:subcutaneous.
Less than completely or normally; nearly; almost:subfertility.
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Scientific definitions for sub
A prefix that means underneath or lower (as in subsoil), a subordinate or secondary part of something else (as in subphylum.), or less than completely (as in subtropical.)
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