[suh b-duhkt]

verb (used with object)

to take away; subtract.
to withdraw; remove.

Nearby words

  1. subdivide,
  2. subdivision,
  3. subdominant,
  4. subdual,
  5. subduce,
  6. subduction,
  7. subduction zone,
  8. subdue,
  9. subdued,
  10. subduedly

Origin of subduct

1565–75; < Latin subductus, past participle of subdūcere to draw up, withdraw (sub- sub- + dūcere to lead), equivalent to subduc- past participle stem + -tus past participle suffix

Related formsun·sub·duct·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for subduct


verb (tr)

physiol to draw or turn (the eye, etc) downwards
rare to take away; deduct

Word Origin for subduct

C17: from Latin subdūcere, from sub- + dūcere to lead, bring

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Medicine definitions for subduct




To pull or draw downward.

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Science definitions for subduct



A geologic process in which one edge of one lithospheric plate is forced below the edge of another. The denser of the two plates sinks beneath the other. As it descends, the plate often generates seismic and volcanic activity (from melting and upward migration of magma) in the overriding plate. Compare obduction.
Related formssubduct verb

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