subsense

noun
sub·​sense | \ ˈsəb-ˌsen(t)s How to pronounce subsense (audio) \
plural subsenses

Definition of subsense

: 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

First Known Use of subsense

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Subsense.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subsense. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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