sub·​field ˈsəb-ˌfēld How to pronounce subfield (audio)
: a subset of a mathematical field that is itself a field
: a subdivision of a field (as of study)

Examples of subfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a field as vast as Egyptology, where scholars by necessity must narrowly focus their investigations, Mr. Kemp was a generalist, able to bring new insight to an array of subfields. Clay Risen, New York Times, 29 May 2024 That’s the question at the heart of a subfield of computer science called computational complexity theory. Ben Brubaker, Quanta Magazine, 18 Apr. 2024 In its pages, Kahneman marveled at great length over the findings of a subfield of psychology known as social priming. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 The aim of the subfield of social robotics called socially assistive robotics is to interact with ever more diverse groups of people. Mark Paterson, The Conversation, 26 Jan. 2024 Desmond himself has built an entire academic career out of documenting the causes and extent of poverty, part of a professional subfield that didn’t exist when Harrington wrote The Other America. Kim Phillips-Fein, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2023 In the subfield of theoretical computer science called complexity theory, researchers try to pin down how easily computers can solve various types of problems. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 22 Dec. 2023 Their efforts to answer such inward-looking questions have blossomed into a subfield, called meta-complexity, which has provided the greatest insights into the question yet. Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 Ruth Benedict and Visual Anthropology Her approach developed into a subfield of anthropology — visual anthropology. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 19 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of subfield was in 1894

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“Subfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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