subset

noun
sub·​set | \ ˈsəb-ˌset How to pronounce subset (audio) \

Definition of subset

1 : a set each of whose elements is an element of an inclusive set
2 : division, portion a subset of our community

Examples of subset in a Sentence

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 The list represents our picks for top places to pursue seven retirement passions: arts/culture, fine dining, lifelong learning, volunteering, outdoor activities on water, outdoor activities on land, and a subset, golf. William P. Barrett, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 But that, too, has become a controversial subset of Minaj's claims. Li Cohen, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2021 The study used data on 2,359 adults, a subset of participants nationwide who were enrolled in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3. Megan Marples And Jessica Firger, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 But Biden and Harris have faced criticism from some within the progressive Democratic base, a subset of the party that also remains somewhat disenchanted with Newsom. Alexandra Jaffe, ajc, 8 Sep. 2021 But Biden and Harris have faced criticism from some within the progressive Democratic base, a subset of the party that also remains somewhat disenchanted with Newsom. Kathleen Ronayne And Alexandra Jaffe, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 This is a slightly more sinister, less easily explained subset of meta life-hack content, along the same lines as the counter-pasta video that went viral a few months ago. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Some rural schools returned to full-time in-person learning last spring, but the vast majority of metro area districts taught only a subset of students in-person at any one time and offered most students just a few hours of face-to-face instruction. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2021 The unusual architectural style, a subset of the Gothic style, is instead characterized by multiple stories and wraparound porches. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of subset

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Sep 2021

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“Subset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subset. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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subset

noun

English Language Learners Definition of subset

: a group of things, people, etc., that is part of a larger group

subset

noun
sub·​set | \ ˈsəb-ˌset How to pronounce subset (audio) \

Kids Definition of subset

: a small division or portion

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