[ suhb-duhkt ]
/ səbˈdʌkt /
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verb (used with object)
to take away; subtract.
Geology. (of a crustal plate) to collide with (a denser plate), drawing it down and overriding it, along the juncture of the two plates.
verb (used without object)
Geology. (of a crustal plate) to slide beneath a less dense plate as a consequence of the two plates’ colliding.
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Origin of subduct
First recorded in 1550–60; from Latin subductus, past participle of subdūcere “to draw up, withdraw”
OTHER WORDS FROM subductun·sub·duct·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subduct
/ (səbˈdʌkt) /
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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