Definition of subset in US English:

subset

noun

  • 1A part of a larger group of related things.

    • ‘These have contacts lists consisting of different subsets of my actual list of contacts.’
    • ‘The council is a subset of Students' Council, made up of councillors who represent co-op students.’
    • ‘These people do not come from one of his swing-voter subsets.’
    • ‘A common response of roots to anoxia is the synthesis of a subset of anaerobic proteins related to the glycolytic and fermentation pathways.’
    • ‘In recent times the Territory has been divided up into these succinct subsets to assist in effective administration.’
    • ‘Mutations are only a subset of what existed previously, so, as one would expect, the world is losing creature kinds not gaining them.’
    • ‘There's a certain subset of opera fans who dismiss Rossini comic operas with a haughty wave.’
    • ‘For developing countries, currency crises are an important subset of financial crises.’
    • ‘This means that the subsets of data selected as indicative of the future are those that confirm a prejudice of the selecter.’
    • ‘They mentioned the photo-stream limit, but did not mention that everything else is a subset of the photo-stream.’
    • ‘Genres like film music, rap, folk, rock are subsets of it.’
    • ‘People create their own subsets, or as a marketer will explain, ladders.’
    • ‘You could even perhaps create a script to define a subset of people whom you ‘trust’ to pull in links referencing your post.’
    • ‘Within the trial, researchers looked at a subset of 138 patients with diabetes.’
    • ‘It's an echo chamber for the common wisdom of the subset of people who use the site more than anything else.’
    • ‘Liberal, conservative, New Right - they're all exercises in descriptive creativity with distinct subsets within them.’
    • ‘The foreshore and seabed being owned by a subset of New Zealanders instead of all New Zealanders is what the billboard is about.’
    • ‘Also, random selection of CDs would only work on a subset of contiguous disks.’
    • ‘There were far fewer votes cast in the referendum than in the arts regular councillor race even though arts regular is a subset of arts.’
    • ‘A populous generation sees its subsets defining their own demographics by what they are not as much as by what they are.’
    1. 1.1Mathematics A set of which all the elements are contained in another set.
      • ‘The problems in this study were part-part-whole problems in which subsets combine to form supersets.’
      • ‘One crucial tabulation involves determining the number of subsets of the 12 possible Bingos of a particular size that cover a particular number of squares.’
      • ‘His idea was that every real number r divides the rational numbers into two subsets, namely those greater than r and those less than r.’
      • ‘Then homogenize: randomly permute rows and columns within the subsets that have equal totals.’
      • ‘This places different demands on the problem solver in connecting it to the two given subsets, the superset, and the set solicited in the final sentence for finding an answer.’

Pronunciation

subset

/ˈsəbˌset//ˈsəbˌsɛt/