# subtraction

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## sub·trac·tion

(səb-trăk′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of subtracting; deduction.
2. The arithmetic operation of finding the difference between two quantities or numbers.

## subtraction

(səbˈtrækʃən)
n
1. (Mathematics) the act or process of subtracting
2. (Mathematics) a mathematical operation in which the difference between two numbers or quantities is calculated. Usually indicated by the symbol (–)
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## sub•trac•tion

(səbˈtræk ʃən)

n.
1. an act or instance of subtracting.
2. the operation or process of finding the difference between two numbers or quantities, denoted by a minus sign (−).
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin subtractiō a withdrawing = Latin subtrac-, variant s. of subtrahere (see subtract) + -tiō -tion]

## sub·trac·tion

(səb-trăk′shən)
The act, process, or operation of subtracting one number or quantity from another to compute their difference.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 subtraction - an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated; "the subtraction of three from four leaves one"; "four minus three equals one"minusarithmetic operation - a mathematical operation involving numbers 2 subtraction - the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole); "he complained about the subtraction of money from their paychecks"deductionreduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing somethingbite - a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"withholding - the act of deducting from an employee's salaryaddition - the act of adding one thing to another; "the addition of flowers created a pleasing effect"; "the addition of a leap day every four years"
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Translations
طَرْح
odčítání
fratrækningsubtraktion
vähentäminen
frádráttur
odčítanie
odštevanje
subtraktion

## subtraction

[səbˈtrækʃən] N
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## subtraction

[səbˈtrækʃən] nsub-tropical subtropical [ˌsʌbˈtrɒpɪkəl] adj [region, plant, tree] → subtropical(e)
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## subtraction

nSubtraktion f; (= act also)Abziehen nt
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## subtraction

[səbˈtrækʃn] n
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## subtract

(səbˈtrӕkt) verb
to take one number or quantity from another. If you subtract 5 from 8, 3 is left; In their first year at school, most children learn to add and subtract.
subˈtraction (-ʃən) noun
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References in classic literature ?
'I can do Addition,' 'if you give me time--but I can do Subtraction, under ANY circumstances!'
Everything with him was multiplication or subtraction. The life of a man was to him of far less value than a numeral, especially when, by taking it away, he could increase the sum total of his own desires.
And in what way a knowledge of addition and subtraction and the catechism is going to improve their material condition, I never could make out.
By means of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, settle everything somehow, and never wonder.
He saw, as if visible in the air before him, in illuminated figures, the whole sum, and the subtraction that followed and that gave a remainder of \$43.90.
To any one who had observed him before he lost his gold, it might have seemed that so withered and shrunken a life as his could hardly be susceptible of a bruise, could hardly endure any subtraction but such as would put an end to it altogether.
The world refuses to be analyzed by addition and subtraction. When we are young we spend much time and pains in filling our note-books with all definitions of Religion, Love, Poetry, Politics, Art, in the hope that in the course of a few years we shall have condensed into our encyclopaedia the net value of all the theories at which the world has yet arrived.
After mentioning the duality of subject and object, which is supposed to constitute consciousness, he proceeds in italics: "EXPERIENCE, I BELIEVE, HAS NO SUCH INNER DUPLICITY; AND THE SEPARATION OF IT INTO CONSCIOUSNESS AND CONTENT COMES, NOT BY WAY OF SUBTRACTION, BUT BY WAY OF ADDITION"(p.
An easy sum in subtraction -- as easy a sum as my little nephew could wish for." He walked to the Docks, and looked bitterly at the shipping.
The worst class of sum worked in the every-day world is cyphered by the diseased arithmeticians who are always in the rule of Subtraction as to the merits and successes of others, and never in Addition as to their own.
It's well we should feel as life's a reckoning we can't make twice over; there's no real making amends in this world, any more nor you can mend a wrong subtraction by doing your addition right."
These stern judges push the gift of exactitude, the genius of inquisition, the sharp- sightedness of lynxes, the perspicacity of account-books to the point of going over all the additions in search of subtractions. These sublime martyrs to figures have been known to return to an army commissary, after a delay of two years, some account in which there was an error of two farthings.

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