sub·​com·​po·​nent | \ ˌsəb-kəm-ˈpō-nənt How to pronounce subcomponent (audio) , -ˈkäm-ˌpō-, -käm-ˈpō- \
variants: or sub-component
plural subcomponents or sub-components

Definition of subcomponent

: 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

First Known Use of subcomponent

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Subcomponent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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