[ suh b-tend, suhb- ]
/ səbˈtɛnd, sʌb- /

verb (used with object)

Geometry. to extend under or be opposite to: a chord subtending an arc.
Botany. (of a leaf, bract, etc.) to occur beneath or close to.
to form or mark the outline or boundary of.

Origin of subtend

1560–70; < Latin subtendere to stretch beneath, equivalent to sub- sub- + tendere to stretch; see tend1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (səbˈtɛnd) /

verb (tr)

geometry to be opposite to and delimit (an angle or side)
(of a bract, stem, etc) to have (a bud or similar part) growing in its axil
to mark off
to underlie; be inherent in

Word Origin for subtend

C16: from Latin subtendere to extend beneath, from sub- + tendere to stretch out
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