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sub- +‎ normal


subnormal (comparative more subnormal, superlative most subnormal)

  1. Less than normal.
    His intelligence was considered subnormal, but amazingly as a musician he was a genius.
  2. (computing theory) denormal
    • 2007, Ward Cheney, David Kincaid, Numerical mathematics and computing (page 704)
      Subnormal numbers cannot be normalized because this would result in an exponent that does not fit into the exponent field.



subnormal (plural subnormals)

  1. A person whose abilities are less than normal.
    the IQ scores of mental subnormals
  2. (geometry) That part of the axis of a curved line which is intercepted between the ordinate and the normal.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for subnormal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



  • Rhymes: -al
  • IPA(key): /subnorˈmal/, [suβnorˈmal]


subnormal (plural subnormales)

  1. subnormal