Definition of subtense
: of, relating to, or constituting an object (such as a pole or rod of known length) used to ascertain a distance without actual measurement by observing the subtended angle from a given point subtense method subtense transit
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Origin and Etymology of subtense
Latin subtensus, past participle of subtendere to stretch beneath
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