Definition of subtraction
: an act, operation, or instance of subtracting: such asa : the withdrawing or withholding of a right to which an individual is entitledb : the operation of deducting one number from another
Examples of subtraction in a Sentence
The children are learning addition and subtraction.
the restaurant may not have raised the price, but there's definitely been a subtraction in the number of fries in a side order
Recent Examples of subtraction from the Web
And keep in mind, the Celtics still need to make roster subtractions, in addition to pulling their qualifying offer for big man Kelly Olynyk, to give Hayward his max salary for 2017-18.
That trade defined addition by subtraction: Stephenson’s lack of productivity and Clifford’s struggle to find him a role hung over the Hornets’ locker room.
So far this offseason, the Florida Panthers’ roster has seen mostly subtractions.
There is compromise in all this narrative subtraction, but there is also purpose.
The renovation was mostly one of subtraction, Spence said.
DDBP for a bag of rocks was addition by subtraction.
To be fair, that was a good deal for the Orioles and would have represented addition by subtraction — Gallardo is 3-6 with a 6.11 ERA this season — if Duquette had come up with an adequate starter to replace him.
Subtractions: The Rams have lost 159 receptions and 10 touchdowns from Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Lance Kendricks, all gone (kicked out the door?) in free agency …
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Origin and Etymology of subtraction
Middle English subtraccion, from Anglo-French sustraction, subtraction, from Late Latin subtraction-, subtractio, from Latin subtrahere
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SUBTRACTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subtraction for English Language Learners
mathematics : the act or process of subtracting one number from another
SUBTRACTION Defined for Kids
Definition of subtraction for Students
: the act or process of taking one number away from another
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