subsense

noun

sub·​sense ˈsəb-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce subsense (audio)
plural subsenses
: a specific sense of a word or phrase that is derived from, included in, or closely related to a broader sense and that may be grouped with the broader sense in a dictionary
split the fourth sense into two subsenses

Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of subsense was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Subsense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsense. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

subsense

noun
sub·​sense
ˈsəb-ˌsen(t)s
: a subordinate division of a sense (as in a dictionary)
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