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tr.v. sub·tend·ed, sub·tend·ing, sub·tends
1. Mathematics To be opposite to and delimit: The side of a triangle subtends the opposite angle.
2. To underlie so as to enclose or surround: flowers subtended by leafy bracts.

[Latin subtendere, to extend underneath : sub-, sub- + tendere, to extend; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]
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vb (tr)
1. (Mathematics) geometry to be opposite to and delimit (an angle or side)
2. (Botany) (of a bract, stem, etc) to have (a bud or similar part) growing in its axil
3. to mark off
4. to underlie; be inherent in
[C16: from Latin subtendere to extend beneath, from sub- + tendere to stretch out]
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(səbˈtɛnd, sʌb-)

1. Geom. to extend under or be opposite to: a chord subtending an arc.
2. (of a leaf, bract, etc.) to occur beneath or close to.
3. to form or mark the outline or boundary of.
[1560–70; < Latin subtendere to stretch beneath =sub- sub- + tendere to stretch]
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Past participle: subtended
Gerund: subtending

I subtend
you subtend
he/she/it subtends
we subtend
you subtend
they subtend
I subtended
you subtended
he/she/it subtended
we subtended
you subtended
they subtended
Present Continuous
I am subtending
you are subtending
he/she/it is subtending
we are subtending
you are subtending
they are subtending
Present Perfect
I have subtended
you have subtended
he/she/it has subtended
we have subtended
you have subtended
they have subtended
Past Continuous
I was subtending
you were subtending
he/she/it was subtending
we were subtending
you were subtending
they were subtending
Past Perfect
I had subtended
you had subtended
he/she/it had subtended
we had subtended
you had subtended
they had subtended
I will subtend
you will subtend
he/she/it will subtend
we will subtend
you will subtend
they will subtend
Future Perfect
I will have subtended
you will have subtended
he/she/it will have subtended
we will have subtended
you will have subtended
they will have subtended
Future Continuous
I will be subtending
you will be subtending
he/she/it will be subtending
we will be subtending
you will be subtending
they will be subtending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been subtending
you have been subtending
he/she/it has been subtending
we have been subtending
you have been subtending
they have been subtending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been subtending
you will have been subtending
he/she/it will have been subtending
we will have been subtending
you will have been subtending
they will have been subtending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been subtending
you had been subtending
he/she/it had been subtending
we had been subtending
you had been subtending
they had been subtending
I would subtend
you would subtend
he/she/it would subtend
we would subtend
you would subtend
they would subtend
Past Conditional
I would have subtended
you would have subtended
he/she/it would have subtended
we would have subtended
you would have subtended
they would have subtended
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Verb1.subtend - be opposite to; of angles and sides, in geometry
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
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vtgegenüberliegen (+dat)
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[səbˈtɛnd] vt (Geom) → sottendere
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References in classic literature ?
Then, plunging into the Gulf of Mexico, it subtends the arc formed by the coast of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana; then skirting Texas, off which it cuts an angle, it continues its course over Mexico, crosses the Sonora, Old California, and loses itself in the Pacific Ocean.
Its curved, large-area detector subtends a 2[theta] range of 204[degrees] at a single detector setting for maximum reciprocal space coverage.
We can grant Panagia's point that the structure of both judgments is rooted in experience (which is the original sense of the aesthetic), without granting that aesthetic and political judgments are identical or even substantively alike, let alone that one subtends the other.
Students of Elizabethan and early Stuart culture will recognize that analytical category as well as that of self-fashioning, which subtends the second chapter in particular and subsequent ones, too.
On the 1.25-4x24mm model, the triangle exactly subtends 11 MOA to 4 MOA; on the 3-9x40mm it subtends 6 MOA to 2 MOA; and on the 2.5-10x56mm scope subtends 6.3 MOA to 1.7 MOA.
A fruitful postcolonial critique subtends this study, where Breton emerges as an expansionist, seeking to assimilate the pictorial Other, and where Bataille emerges as a nurturer of difference.
CP 89-2376 has a light-green growth ring and the buds do not touch (subtends) the growth ring.
Following a similar logic, Foote maintains that regionalism's ideological strategy runs counter to narration itself: rather than depicting "a familiar, timeless, and shared agrarian past, regional writing defamiliarizes narratives about the origins of national identity in the United States" (6), revealing a history of "foreignness" that subtends the notion of national identity, subverting, in turn, the construction of a single, unitary source of national identity.
As a final note, if the detection pupil subtends a considerable angle, the diffraction losses can be approximately given as the weighted average of losses arising, in the case of an infinitesimal detector, for values of [psi] varying between [psi] minus the half-angle subtended by the detector and [psi] plus the same half-angle.
This shared property can be explained by the fact that "at the point from which it is made, the tracing subtends, in every place, the same angle as the [object]" (55).
Guillory claims that Bourdieu classifies all social activities according to whether they are able to resist this rational norm and the capitalist economy that it subtends. Art and pre-capitalist societies blur the distinction between labor and play, Guillory argues, while capitalism accentuates it.
Although this topos subtends every work of fiction in the Maghreb, very few students and critics have given the subject the full attention it deserves.