What does sub- mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sub-.


  1. sub-(Prefix)

    under, beneath

  2. sub-(Prefix)

    subsidiary, secondary


  3. Origin: From the , meaning under

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sub-

    a prefix signifying under, below, beneath, and hence often, in an inferior position or degree, in an imperfect or partial state, as in subscribe, substruct, subserve, subject, subordinate, subacid, subastringent, subgranular, suborn. Sub- in Latin compounds often becomes sum- before m, sur before r, and regularly becomes suc-, suf-, sug-, and sup- before c, f, g, and p respectively. Before c, p, and t it sometimes takes form sus- (by the dropping of b from a collateral form, subs-)

  2. Sub-

    a prefix denoting that the ingredient (of a compound) signified by the term to which it is prefixed,is present in only a small proportion, or less than the normal amount; as, subsulphide, suboxide, etc. Prefixed to the name of a salt it is equivalent to basic; as, subacetate or basic acetate

  3. Origin: [L. sub under, below; akin to Gr. , Skr. upa to, on, under, over. Cf. Hypo-, Super-.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sub- in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sub- in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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