verb (used with object)
Origin of subtend
Related Words for subtendtraverse, span, unite, join, bind, couple, reach, cross, attach, link, branch
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Historical Examples of subtend
Undersea, submarine; underspan, subtend; underslinking, subterfuge.An Outline of English Speech-craft
In like manner the two pale are bracteoles which subtend the flower proper.Grasses
H. Marshall Ward
"Subtend" is from the Latin sub (under), and tendere (to stretch).
He did not define "subtend," supposing such words to be already understood.
The cones, about the size of a small walnut, bear spirally arranged imbricated scales which subtend the three-angled winged seeds.