sub·​field | \ ˈsəb-ˌfēld How to pronounce subfield (audio) \

Definition of subfield

1 : a subset of a mathematical field that is itself a field
2 : a subdivision of a field (as of study)

Examples of subfield in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Stefan problem is a foundational example for an entire subfield of math where boundaries move. Quanta Magazine, 6 Oct. 2021 Locomotion is a whole complicated subfield of robotics for a reason: The machines are pretty good at falling over and getting stuck. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 26 Sep. 2021 An answer can be found in a quirky academic subfield known as the political economy of religion. Anthony Gill, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 So are several early leaders of my own subfield, civic technology—Jennifer Pahlka, Matt Cutts, and Everett Harper to name just a few. Cyd Harrell, Wired, 1 July 2021 Machine learning, a subfield of AI, learns from vast quantities of data and hence carries the risk of perpetuating data bias. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Rozin is the pioneer of a subfield called disgust studies. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 The subfield of social psychology tends to fare even worse. Jesse Singal, WSJ, 9 Apr. 2021 Britton was one of the first researchers in her subfield to bring subjects into the laboratory overnight, measuring their brain waves, eye movements, and muscle tension. David Kortava, Harper's Magazine, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of subfield

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Subfield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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