subsense

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

sub- +‎ sense

Noun[edit]

subsense (plural subsenses)

  1. (lexicography) A sense of a word that reflects a part or aspect of a more general sense
    • 2003, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, page 21a:
      When an italicized label or guide phrase follows a boldface numeral, the label or phrase applies only to that specific numbered sense and its subsenses.