Definition of subsense in English:



  • A subsidiary sense of a word defined in a dictionary.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In general, the higher the Overlap Threshold, the more subsenses.’
    • ‘Clicking on a control displays the selected property for all senses and subsenses.’