Definition of subclass in English:



  • 1A secondary or subordinate class.

    • ‘This percentage was rather variable in proteins that belonged to different secondary structure subclasses.’
    • ‘Intellectual leftism is grounded in elitism, the idea that a certain subclass of individuals has a vastly superior understanding of how the world ‘really’ works.’
    • ‘The system Merken developed with Beecher finds and separates the 18 most common food flavonoids, representing all 5 subclasses.’
    • ‘You might define a more-general class polygon, which would have triangle as a subclass, along with other subclasses such as quadrilateral, pentagon and hexagon.’
    • ‘Equality does not mean equal representation by every subclass or subgroup.’
    • ‘Any program of restitution, however, contemplates the use of tax dollars to benefit some subclass of the population at the expense of everyone else.’
    • ‘Such sources are believed to be either quark stars or neutron stars, and a subclass of these are already observed by conventional means as pulsars or X-ray emitting celestial objects.’
    • ‘Most patents also are assigned a subclass and are given more than one class and subclass.’
    • ‘From this, I envisage subclasses for static text and dynamically-generated text.’
    • ‘The class includes a subclass whose members have claims or defences that raise common issues not shared by all class members.’
    • ‘Although the 33-year-old artist and songwriter Harvey is no fan of the present system of artist subsidies, she does think that GATS will kill off an already poor subclass.’
    • ‘My final thoughts on these backformations is that there is an even more special subclass of them: those whose source verb is transitive.’
    • ‘Programmers, the technologically innovative subclass of the creative, theoretically have it better: information technology remains a seller's market, with companies reporting an ongoing recruiting shortfall for IT new hires.’
    • ‘The last structural-functional subclass contains sites which share a common amino acid function or type and represent long-range interactions.’
    • ‘Though a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet may be appropriate for the patient with LDL subclass B, those who present with subclass A do not receive the same benefit and may actually increase their CVD risk.’
    • ‘He said that as the phenomenon of poverty takes root in ethnic minority communities, they drift away from the social strata to which their members belonged and begin to form a new, ethnic subclass.’
    • ‘The Pintupi were also a subclass amongst the Aboriginal population, and suffered discrimination from other language groups who were more acclimatised to European cultural values.’
    • ‘I am a member of a entire subclass of not-so-young-anymore men, living in large cities, who are precariously close to being worrisome bachelors, problem sons, borderline lost causes.’
    • ‘But as a fairly homogenized subclass of workers, the Mexican Indians are readily marginalized.’
    • ‘These people are victims of a disaster and they have been ignored or treated like criminals, or - worse still - a subclass of citizens.’
    1. 1.1Biology A taxonomic category that ranks below class and above order.
      • ‘There are approximately 650 to 700 extant species of cephalopods in two subclasses and five orders.’
      • ‘Going on down the hierarchy are phylum, subphylum, class, subclass, order, family, genus, species.’
      • ‘The Russian author of the article in question used it to establish a new subclass, order, family, genus and species.’
      • ‘There are more than 700 extant species of cephalopods, divided into 2 subclasses, 5 orders, 47 families, and 139 genera.’
      • ‘Ten clones were classified into class III and further divided into three subclasses according to the centromeric junction of the missing region in the right arm.’
      taxonomic group, class, family, species, breed
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