# subset

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sub- +‎ set.

### Pronunciation

• (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsʌbˌsɛt/
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### Noun

subset (plural subsets)

1. (set theory, of a set S) A set A such that every element of A is also an element of S.
The set of integers is a subset of the set of real numbers.
The set $\lbrace a,b\rbrace$ is a both a subset and a proper subset of $\lbrace a,b,c\rbrace$ while the set $\lbrace a,b,c\rbrace$ is a subset of $\lbrace a,b,c\rbrace$ but not a proper subset of $\lbrace a,b,c\rbrace$ .
• 1963, David B. MacNeil, Modern Mathematics for the Practical Man, David Van Nostrand, Republished as 2013, David B. MacNeil, Fundamentals of Modern Mathematics: A Practical Review, Dover, page 3,
In the foregoing example, the set D of the first four letters of the alphabet, was a subset of the set A of all the letters of the alphabet, because A includes all the members of D.
• 1997, Wolfgang Filter, K. Weber, Integration Theory, Chapman & Hall, page 5,
Let $A$ be a subset of the topological space $X$ and take $x\in X$ .
• 2007, Judith D. Sally, Paul J. Sally, Jr., Roots to Research: A Vertical Development of Mathematical Problems, American Mathematical Society, page 280,
We say that a set $S$ has a finite partition into subsets $S_{1},\dots ,S_{n}$ , if $S=S_{i}\cup \dots \cup S_{n}$ , where the subsets are pairwise disjoint, that is, $S_{i}\cap S_{j}=\emptyset$ , if $i\neq j$ . (We do not require that the subsets be nonempty.)
2. A group of things or people, all of which are in a specified larger group.
We asked a subset of the population of the town for their opinion.

#### Usage notes

• (set theory):
• The subset relation is denoted ( for proper subset), and one writes AB for "A is a subset of B".
• It is permissible for A to contain no elements: the empty set is a subset of every set (including itself).

#### Derived terms

• proper subset (subset that is strictly less than the given other set)

### Verb

subset (third-person singular simple present subsets, present participle subsetting, simple past and past participle subsetted)

1. (transitive) To take a subset of.
2. () To extract only the portions of (a font) that are needed to display a particular document.