subdominant

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sub·dom·i·nant

 (sŭb-dŏm′ə-nənt)
n. Music
The fourth tone of a diatonic scale, next below the dominant.
adj.
1. Zoology Less than dominant; ranking below one that is dominant: the subdominant male in a pride of lions.
2. Ecology Prevalent in a community but below the dominant in importance. Used of a species.

subdominant

(sʌbˈdɒmɪnənt) music
n
1. (Music, other) the fourth degree of a major or minor scale
2. (Music, other) a key or chord based on this
adj
(Music, other) of or relating to the subdominant

sub•dom•i•nant

(sʌbˈdɒm ə nənt)

n.
1. the fourth tone of an ascending diatonic scale.
adj.
2. less than or not quite dominant.
[1785–95]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.subdominant - (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
musical note, note, tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner