subset

noun sub·set \ ˈsəb-ˌset \

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

  1. The set {1,2,3} is a subset of the set {1,2,3,4,5}.

  2. Only a small subset of the patients in the study experienced these side effects.

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First Known Use of subset

1881

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SUBSET Defined for English Language Learners

subset

noun

Definition of subset for English Language Learners

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


SUBSET Defined for Kids

subset

noun sub·set \ ˈsəb-ˌset \

Definition of subset for Students

:a small division or portion


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