Definitions

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin subtendere, to extend underneath : sub-, sub- + tendere, to extend; see ten- in Indo-European roots.

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Latin subtendere; sub under + tendere to stretch, extend. See tend.

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  • "The mind's eye, scanning beneath the surface of the literal sense, soon sees that subtending Dante's journey is not only the conversion from sin to grace, but the progress too of the soul of Everyman" David H. Higgins University of Bristol in a foreword to C H Sisson's translation of Dante's Divine Comedy - Pan Books 1980.

    March 22, 2017

  • It is the ability, first, to make a choice, to evaluate the consequences of that chosen course of action, and to prize the outcomes, and then it is the capacity to marshal one’s energy in effective pursuit of the consequences or goals subtended by that choice.

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