subdiscipline

noun
sub·​dis·​ci·​pline | \ ˌsəb-ˈdi-sə-plən How to pronounce subdiscipline (audio) \
variants: or less commonly sub-discipline
plural subdisciplines also sub-disciplines

Definition of subdiscipline

: a discipline (such as an academic discipline) that is part of a broader discipline Organic chemistry is a subdiscipline of chemistry. The management of programmers is a discipline unto itself. There are subdisciplines that deal with how coders communicate.— Paul Ford

First Known Use of subdiscipline

1912, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About subdiscipline

Time Traveler for subdiscipline

Time Traveler

The first known use of subdiscipline was in 1912

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near subdiscipline

subdirectory

subdiscipline

subdisjunctive

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for subdiscipline

Cite this Entry

“Subdiscipline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subdiscipline. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!