sub·​com·​po·​nent ˌsəb-kəm-ˈpō-nənt How to pronounce subcomponent (audio)
variants or sub-component
plural subcomponents or sub-components
: a component that is part of a larger component
But what does a contractor actually have to do to assure its representations are correct? It has to know when the thing was developed and who paid for it; and it must know the answer to those questions at the lowest segregable component level—meaning subcomponents for hardware and subroutines for software.W. Jay DeVecchio
When a violinist bows a string to make a high C note, the sound actually contains many individual subcomponents called harmonics.Dragan Huterer

Examples of subcomponent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Export-Import Bank of the United States was at the bottom of the small agencies category while the Federal Bureau of Prisons, with a score of 38.1 out 100, was at the bottom of the subcomponents list. Rebecca Santana, Fortune, 20 May 2024 There was, however, a year-over-year decrease in all of the subcomponents of job satisfaction compared for both men and women. Rocio Fabbro, Quartz, 6 May 2024 None of the nine subcomponents of Valley National Bank’s $28.2 billion commercial real estate portfolio account for more than 25% of it. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 Office real estate is among the bank’s smaller commercial real estate subcomponents. Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN, 29 Feb. 2024 Like the more seriously troubled KC-46 Pegasus tanker, the T-7 is a Boeing project that initially seemed like a slam dunk, but has accumulated significant costs and delays due to unanticipated problems with subcomponents. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 23 June 2023 Morale plummeted in certain subcomponents such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2023 The almost two-ton engine is assembled in a factory in Middletown, Connecticut, with some subcomponent built in Canada and Poland. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 1 Mar. 2023 If a subcomponent fails, redundant components take over its task without causing a loss of service. Jan Webering, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subcomponent was in 1854

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“Subcomponent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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