One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A subsidiary sense of a word defined in a dictionary.
- ‘Clicking on a control displays the selected property for all senses and subsenses.’
- ‘We begin with the assumption that the senses of the word under consideration are essentially the same, and we let the evidence force us into the creation of subsenses.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In general, the higher the Overlap Threshold, the more subsenses.’
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