subset

noun

sub·​set ˈsəb-ˌset How to pronounce subset (audio)
1
: a set each of whose elements is an element of an inclusive set
2
: division, portion
a subset of our community

Example Sentences

The set {1,2,3} is a subset of the set {1,2,3,4,5}. Only a small subset of the patients in the study experienced these side effects.
Recent Examples on the Web For a subset of reptiles, including Argentine black and white tegus and Burmese pythons, owners can still keep the animals, but must tag and register them with the state within 12 months. Drew Kann, ajc, 23 Nov. 2022 But for Claire, the downsides pale in comparison to keeping her family healthy in the face of a virus that, for a subset of people who catch it, can potentially lead to life-long disability. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 23 Nov. 2022 Its staying power may be a testament to this approach, at least for a certain subset of users. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 20 Nov. 2022 Hiring for the small subset of the most critical, business-driving positions will continue, but all other roles are on hold. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Nov. 2022 Hiring for the small subset of the most critical, business-driving positions will continue, but all other roles are on hold. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Hiring for the small subset of the most critical, business-driving positions will continue, but all other roles are on hold. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 11 Nov. 2022 For this subset, $8 a month may not be worth it, no matter how many memes Musk posts about the cost of a cup of coffee. Barbara Ortutay, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2022 And for the subset of people who become sick enough to need clinical care, the consequences could get even worse. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 29 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of subset was in 1881

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“Subset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subset. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

subset

noun
sub·​set ˈsəb-ˌset How to pronounce subset (audio)
: a mathematical set that is a part of another mathematical set
the set of even numbers is a subset of the set of all numbers

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