Definition of subsense in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəbsens/


A subsidiary sense of a word defined in a dictionary.
Example sentences
  • Dictionaries usually put polysemous words with all their senses in one article and homonymous words in two or more articles, dividing each into senses and subsenses as appropriate.
  • The various English glosses are separated by commas and by semicolons, the latter being used to separate what CDNTG identifies as distinct subsenses, or different semantic nuances.
  • Clicking on a control displays the selected property for all senses and subsenses.

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Syllabification: sub·sense

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