from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Mathematics To be opposite to and delimit: The side of a triangle subtends the opposite angle.
- transitive v. To underlie so as to enclose or surround: flowers subtended by leafy bracts.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To extend or stretch underneath or opposite something
- v. To enclose an arc on a circle with an angle
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To extend under, or be opposed to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To extend under or be opposite to: a geometrical terra: as, the side of a triangle which subtends the right angle.
- In botany, to embrace in its axil, as a leaf, bract, etc.: as, in many Compositæ the florets are subtended by bracts called chaff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be opposite to; of angles and sides, in geometry
Latin subtendere, to extend underneath : sub-, sub- + tendere, to extend; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin subtendere; sub under + tendere to stretch, extend. See tend. (Wiktionary)