Origin of subtraction
Examples from the Web for subtraction
In its report, the Commerce Department breaks down sectors by their contribution to—and subtraction from—the GDP figure.
Negative Numbers may be regarded as resulting from the commutative law for addition and subtraction.
Addition and subtraction of numbers up to one hundred continued.The School System of Norway|David Allen Anderson
The children were then questioned on the simple rules of addition and subtraction, and their answers were prompt and accurate.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
And Jerry hurried off before Carl could ask just why he wanted to know the answer to that particular sum in subtraction.Jerry's Charge Account|Hazel Hutchins Wilson
Four things to know about subtraction: This is e Chapter of subtraccio, in the quych ou most know foure nessessary thynges.The Earliest Arithmetics in English|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for subtraction
Word Origin and History for subtraction
c.1400, "withdrawal, removal," from Late Latin subtractionem (nominative subtractio) "a drawing back, taking away," from past participle stem of Latin subtrahere "take away, draw off," from sub "from under" (see sub-) + trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). The mathematical sense is attested from early 15c.
Þou most know þat subtraccion is drawynge of one nowmber oute of anoþer nomber. ["The Crafte of Nombrynge," c.1425]