noun Etymology: Middle English subtraccion, from Anglo-French sustraction, subtraction, from Late Latin subtraction-, subtractio, from Latin subtrahere Date: 15th century an act, operation, or instance of subtracting: as a. the withdrawing or withholding of a right to which an individual is entitled b. the operation of deducting one number from another

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  • Subtraction — Sub*trac tion, n. [L. subtractio a drawing back. See {Subtract}, and cf. {Substraction}.] 1. The act or operation of subtracting or taking away a part. [1913 Webster] 2. (Math.) The taking of a lesser number or quantity from a greater of the same …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Subtraction — Subtraction, subtrahiren, eine der 4 arithmetischen Species, welche von 2 gegebenen Größen (dem Minuendus d.h. dem zu Verkleinernden, und Subtrahendus d.h. Abzuziehenden) die Differenz od. den Unterschied aufsucht; ihr Zeichen ist – (lat. minus,… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • subtraction — I noun abstraction, ademption, curtailment, decrease, decrement, deduction, diminution, discount, exception, lessening, reduction, removal, retrenchment, shortening, shrinkage, subduction, withdrawal II index curtailment, decrease, decrement,… …   Law dictionary

  • subtraction — c.1400, withdrawal, removal, from L.L. subtractionem (nom. subtractio) a drawing back, taking away, from pp. stem of L. subtrahere take away, draw off, from sub from under (see SUB (Cf. sub )) + trahere to pull, draw (see TRACT (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • subtraction — [səb trak′shən] n. [ML subtractio < LL(Ec), a drawing back] a subtracting or being subtracted; esp., the mathematical process of finding the difference between two numbers or quantities …   English World dictionary

  • Subtraction — 5 − 2 = 3 (verbally, five minus two equals three ) …   Wikipedia

  • subtraction — The offense of withholding or withdrawing from another man what by law he is entitled to. There are various descriptions of this offense, of which the principal are as follows: (1) Subtraction of suit and services, which is a species of injury… …   Black's law dictionary

  • subtraction — Compound Com pound, a. [OE. compouned, p. p. of compounen. See {Compound}, v. t.] Composed of two or more elements, ingredients, parts; produced by the union of several ingredients, parts, or things; composite; as, a compound word. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • subtraction — subtract UK US /səbˈtrækt/ verb [T] ► to take a number or amount away from another number or amount: subtract sth from sth »The costs of manufacturing are subtracted from revenue. subtraction noun [C or U] ► »Net output can be calculated by… …   Financial and business terms

  • subtraction — n. to do subtraction * * * [səb trækʃ(ə)n] to do subtraction …   Combinatory dictionary

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