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Definitions

  • Neuralligy wuz a safe subject
    Neuralligy wuz a safe subject
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj subject likely to be affected by something "the bond is subject to taxation","he is subject to fits of depression"
    • adj subject being under the power or sovereignty of another or others "subject peoples","a dependent prince"
    • adj subject possibly accepting or permitting "a passage capable of misinterpretation","open to interpretation","an issue open to question","the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
    • v subject refer for judgment or consideration "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"
    • v subject make accountable for "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"
    • v subject cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to "He subjected me to his awful poetry","The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills","People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation"
    • v subject make subservient; force to submit or subdue
    • n subject something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation "a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"
    • n subject some situation or event that is thought about "he kept drifting off the topic","he had been thinking about the subject for several years","it is a matter for the police"
    • n subject a branch of knowledge "in what discipline is his doctorate?","teachers should be well trained in their subject","anthropology is the study of human beings"
    • n subject (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
    • n subject (logic) the first term of a proposition
    • n subject the subject matter of a conversation or discussion "he didn't want to discuss that subject","it was a very sensitive topic","his letters were always on the theme of love"
    • n subject a person who owes allegiance to that nation "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
    • n subject a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly","the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although explorers brought potatoes back from the New World in the early 1500s, Europeans were afraid to eat them for fear that the spuds would give them leprosy. It wasn't until Louis XVI, who was looking for a cheap food source for his starving subjects, served them at the royal table that people were convinced potatoes were safe to eat.
    • Subject Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation. "All human things are subject to decay."
    • Subject Hence, that substance or being which is conscious of its own operations; the mind; the thinking agent or principal; the ego. Cf. Object n., 2. "The philosophers of mind have, in a manner, usurped and appropriated this expression to themselves. Accordingly, in their hands, the phrases conscious or thinking subject, and subject, mean precisely the same thing."
    • Subject Obedient; submissive. "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities."
    • Subject Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation.
    • Subject Placed under the power of another; specifically International Law, owing allegiance to a particular sovereign or state; as, Jamaica is subject to Great Britain. "Esau was never subject to Jacob."
    • Subject Specifically: One who is under the authority of a ruler and is governed by his laws; one who owes allegiance to a sovereign or a sovereign state; as, a subject of Queen Victoria; a British subject; a subject of the United States. "Was never subject longed to be a king,
      As I do long and wish to be a subject ."
      "The subject must obey his prince, because God commands it, human laws require it."
    • Subject That in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum. "That which manifests its qualities -- in other words, that in which the appearing causes inhere, that to which they belong -- is called their subject or substance, or substratum."
    • Subject (Logic & Gram) That of which anything is affirmed or predicated; the theme of a proposition or discourse; that which is spoken of; as, the nominative case is the subject of the verb. "The subject of a proposition is that concerning which anything is affirmed or denied."
    • Subject That which is brought under thought or examination; that which is taken up for discussion, or concerning which anything is said or done. "This subject for heroic song.""Make choice of a subject, beautiful and noble, which . . . shall afford an ample field of matter wherein to expatiate.""The unhappy subject of these quarrels."
    • Subject That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else.
    • Subject That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically Anat, a dead body used for the purpose of dissection.
    • Subject (Fine Arts) The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent.
    • Subject The person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character. "Writers of particular lives . . . are apt to be prejudiced in favor of their subject ."
    • Subject (Mus) The principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based. "The earliest known form of subject is the ecclesiastical cantus firmus, or plain song."
    • Subject To bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue. "Firmness of mind that subjects every gratification of sense to the rule of right reason.""In one short view subjected to our eye,
      Gods, emperors, heroes, sages, beauties, lie."
      "He is the most subjected, the most enslaved, who is so in his understanding."
    • Subject To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test.
    • Subject To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions.
    • Subject To make subservient. "Subjected to his service angel wings."
    • Subject To submit; to make accountable. "God is not bound to subject his ways of operation to the scrutiny of our thoughts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cindy Laupher had dyslexia and failed every subject in school.
    • subject Placed or situated under or beneath.
    • subject Being under the power or dominion of another.
    • subject Exposed; liable, from extraneous or inherent causes; prone: with to: as, a country subject to extreme heat or cold; a person subject to attacks of fever.
    • subject Hence Exposed or liable, as to what may confirm or modify: with to: as, subject to your approval; subject to correction.
    • subject Submissive; obedient.
    • subject Synonyms Subordinate, subservient, inferior.
    • subject Apt, Likely, etc. See apt.
    • n subject One who is placed under the authority, dominion, or controlling influence of another; specifically, one who owes allegiance to a sovereign and is governed by his laws; one who lives under the protection of, and owes allegiance to, a government.
    • n subject A person or thing regarded as the recipient of certain treatment; one who or that which is exposed or liable to something specified.
    • n subject Specifically— A dead body used for dissection.
    • n subject One who is peculiarly sensitive to psychological experimentation; a sensitive.
    • n subject One who or that which is the cause or occasion of something.
    • n subject That on which any mental operation is performed; that which is thought, spoken, or treated of: as, a subject of discussion or negotiation; a subject for a sermon or a song; the subject of a story.
    • n subject In grammar, that of which anything is affirmed; the nominative of a verb, without or with modifiers; the member or part of a sentence signifying that of which predication is made. A subject may be simple or compound; it may be a noun, or anything used with the value of a noun, whether word or phrase or clause: thus, that he has gone is true. A logical subject is one having the character of a subject according to the true meaning of the sentence; a grammatical subject is one having that character formally only: thus, in it is good to be here, it is the grammatical and to be here is the logical subject.
    • n subject In logic, that term of a proposition of which the other is affirmed or denied. Thus, in the proposition “Plato was a philosopher,” Plato is the logical subject, philosopher being its predicate, or that which is affirmed of the subject. Also, in the proposition “No man living on earth can be completely happy,” man living on earth is the subject, and completely happy is the predicate, or that which is denied of the subject.
    • n subject In metaphysics: A real thing to which given characters relate and in which they are said to inhere.
    • n subject In Kantian and modern philosophy, the self or ego to which in all thought all mental representations are attributed (according to Kant); also, a real (hypothetical) thing in which mental phenomena are supposed to inhere. The word is commonly used by those psychologists who teach that the immediate consciousness of self (the subject) is an aspect or inseparable accompaniment of an immediate perception of an external object. The doctrine is that perception involves a sense of action and reaction (self and not-self). To this is often joined another proposition, that there is no mode of consciousness in which the opposition of subject and object does not appear. [Expressions very close to this meaning are to be found in pre-Kantian writers (see Leibnitz, Remarques sur le livre de M. King, § 20), but the word is in such passages used relatively, as in def. 6.]
    • n subject In music: In general, the theme or melodic phrase on which a work or movement is based, consisting of few or many tones variously combined and treated; a motive. When two or more principal subjects are used, they are often known as first, second, etc.
    • n subject In contrapuntal works, the theme given out at the beginning, to which (in fugue and canon) the answer responds, and with which the counter-subject is combined which is taken as the basis for thematic development, for imitation, etc. In a fugue, the subject is also called antecedent, dux, proposta, etc.; in a canon, guida; and in freer contrapuntal music, cantus firmus or canto fermo.
    • n subject In the fine arts, the plan or general view chosen by an artist; the design of a composition or picture; the scheme or idea of a work of art: as, a historical subject; a genre subject; a marine subject; a pastoral subject.
    • n subject In decorative art, a pictorial representation of human figures or animals; a picture representing action and incident.
    • n subject Synonyms Subject, Theme, Topic, Point, Thesis. The first three of these words are often popularly used as exactly synonymous. Daniel Webster puts within a few lines of each other the two following sentences: [If an American Thucydides should arise,] “may his theme not be a Peloponnesian war,” and [American history] “will furnish no topic for a Gibbon.” Yet, strictly in rhetoric, and more often in general use, subject is the broad word for anything written or spoken about, while theme is the word for the exact and generally narrower statement of the subject. A topic is a still narrower subject; there may be several interesting topics suggested under a single subject. A point is by its primary meaning the smallest possible subdivision under a subject. Thesis is a technical word for a subject which takes the form of an exact proposition or assertion which is to be proved: as, Luther fastened his ninety-five theses to the church-door. The paper in which the proof of a thesis is attempted is also called a thesis. A student's composition is often called a theme. The meaning of the other words is not extended to the written or spoken discourse. See proposition.
    • subject To put, lay, or spread under; make subjacent.
    • subject To expose; make liable or obnoxious: with to: as, credulity subjects one to impositions.
    • subject To submit; make accountable, subservient, or the like; cause to undergo; expose, as in chemical or other operations: with to: as, to subject clay to a white heat.
    • subject To bring under power, dominion, or sway; subdue; subordinate.
    • subject To be or become subject.
    • n subject In geometry, the figure cut by the picture-plane.
    • n subject In experimental psychology: The observer or reactor; the person upon whom an experiment is made.
    • n subject More correctly, the person, normal or abnormal in mental condition, who is subjected to a mental test or an examination of mental efficiency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The U.S. Library of Congress has compiled a 232-source bibliography on the subject of when, properly speaking, centuries roll over. Almost all of the sources agree that the twentieth century does not end until December 31, 2000.
    • adj Subject sub′jekt under the power of another: liable, prone, disposed: exposed: subordinate, tributary: subservient
    • n Subject one under the power of another: one under allegiance to a sovereign: that on which any operation is performed: that which is treated or handled:
    • v.t Subject to throw or bring under: to bring under the power of: to make subordinate or subservient: to subdue: to enslave: to expose or make liable to: to cause to undergo
    • n Subject (anat.) a dead body for dissection: a person supposed to be peculiarly sensitive to hypnotic influence: that which it is the object of the artist to express, the scheme or idea of a work of art: a picture representing action and incident: that of which anything is said or of which a discourse treats, bringing many things under a common head: the mind, regarded as the thinking power, in contrast with the object, that about which it thinks: topic: matter, materials: the general plan of any work of art
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Lord, Lord, how subject we old men are to this vice of lying!”
  • Harold Rosenberg
    Harold%20Rosenberg
    “What better way to prove that you understand a subject than to make money out of it?”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    Gilbert%20K.%20Chesterton
    “There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The less you know about a subject, the longer it takes you to explain it.”
  • Will Rogers
    Will%20Rogers
    “Everybody is ignorant -- only on different subjects.”
  • Motto
    Motto
    “The wealth of kings is in the affections of their subjects.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. suget, OF. souzget, sougit,in which the first part is L. subtus, below, fr. sub, under), subgiet, subject, F. sujet, from L. subjectus, lying under, subjected, p. p. of subjicere, subicere, to throw, lay, place, or bring under; sub, under + jacere, to throw. See Jet a shooting forth

Usage

In literature:

It is said that pressure on certain regions will wake the subject, just as pressure in certain other places will put the subject to sleep.
"Complete Hypnotism: Mesmerism, Mind-Reading and Spiritualism" by A. Alpheus
Sexual subjects are not, of course, proper subjects for conversation at all times, or at any time in a spirit of levity and flippancy.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Sometimes a very superior subject fails, while occasionally an inferior subject unexpectedly succeeds.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
But we hope to say more on this subject before our work is done.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
But Mr. Jay's letter on the subject had really affected me.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I improved my subjects with as much of our own literature as my limited studies afforded.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
But the voice is not invariably subject to the law that practice makes perfect.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
This is roasting a subject with a vengeance.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
You need not be told that the whole subject of our position is a subject of anxiety to others beside yourself.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
Principle which is to guide the teacher on this subject.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
It is a subject that borders closely on the Chivalry of our list, for of course that subject was (like Heraldry) entirely military in origin.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
Indeed, money was a subject with which she was never troubled.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
If so, each section is subject to amendment as a bill would be subject to amendment.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
In the "Story of My Life," not much has been said upon the subject with which Dr. Ryerson's name has been most associated.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
Many of these have been the subject and the inspiration of pictures.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
If there is a loathsome subject on earth it is the subject of the human body.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The Queen's daughter had married a subject.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Over the mind of the subject these visions may exercise an absolute sway.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
A subject had been broached which lay close to his heart.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I was formerly somewhat subject to palpitations; these are now less frequent.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
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In poetry:

When I heard these funny words
Come from lips so pretty;
This, I thought, should surely be
Subject for a ditty.
"A Doe In The City" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She is noble and generous,
Her subjects must confess;
There hasn't been her equal
Since the days of good Queen Bess.
"Attempted Assassination of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall
He were no lord of righteousness
Who subjects such would gain
As yield their birthright for a mess
Of liberty from pain!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Her subjects pours
From distant shores,
Her Injians and Canajians;
And also we,
Her kingdoms three,
Attind with our allagiance.
"The Crystal Palace" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The heavenly angel watched his subject's star
O'er all that's good and fair benignly smiling;
The sighs of wounded love he hears, from far;
Weeps that he cannot heal, and wafts a hope beguiling.
"Midnight" by Maria Gowen Brooks
In this world we shall have tribulation and sorrow;
'Tis enough for the subject to be as his king;
But if we are faithful, joy will come with the morrow,
And with the blood-washed a new song shall we sing.
"Joy In The Morning" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

Increasing Las Vegas' water rates may not be a pleasant subject, but it's a needed topic during this municipal election cycle.
My favorite photo subjects are birds, and I like to travel light, so I do most of my shooting with one lens, a fast telephoto.
My granddaughter, Ella Harvanek, and grandson, Hayes Harvanek, from Dallas, were my subjects.
Bobby Fischer will be the subject of a biopic from U and Working Title.
Fitness and wellness is a broad category and for the next few months we will break down these subjects.
The subject of his presentation is the "2005 Procurement Book of Numbers ".
The subject of his presentation is the "2005 Procurement Book of Numbers ".
There's only one subject that's still off-limits at the office.
The subject of bullying was addressed in a very unique way Friday night at Harlem Middle School.
I'm worried that if we don't talk about it now, we never will, but how do I broach the subject.
Butch's Brew By Butch Meriwether [email protected] The subjects of this blog will be diversified, sometimes cute or funny and hopefully, will address interesting subjects.
Not that they are inappropriate subjects for a play.
0 President Obama is the subject of David Maraniss' biography.
The most unlikely subjects often make for the most deliciously comic films.
The subject of this week's Video Look Book is none other than Daphne Guinness.
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In science:

In fact, the typeful treatment of generic traversal is the primary subject of the present paper.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Hence, subject reduction for choice follows from the IH.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Thus the IH is enabled, and subject reduction holds.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
Synchronization of chaotic systems is a subject of current intensive study .
Synchronization of Random Linear Maps
The parameters a and b are subject to the condition (3.9).
On the Lorentz Invariant Gravitation Field Theory
The idea of thermodynamic pro jector consists of a description of every manifold (subject to certain requirements of transversality) as the quasiequilibrium one.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
This is a natural extension to the U (2), whose quantum wire realization has been the subject of this work.
Locational Qubit Realization with One-dimensional Contact Interactions
The quantum dot is subject to the dipole and multipole forces, which derive from the tunnel terms.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
The edge electron density is subject to Friedel oscillations due to interference between the incident and the reflected electron waves.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
In all of these simulations we begin with a randomly-connected network subject to the initial degree distribution.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
The subject of this work is random Schr ¨odinger operators on regular rooted tree graphs T with stochastically homogeneous disorder.
Stability of the Absolutely Continuous Spectrum of Random Schroedinger Operators on Tree Graphs
Concerning delocalization, which is the subject of this note, Klein [16, 18] established the stability of the ac spectrum in the case U = 0 and {ωx}x∈T iid random variables.
Stability of the Absolutely Continuous Spectrum of Random Schroedinger Operators on Tree Graphs
Finally, a note about books and reviews on the subject of these lectures.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
For the interested reader we recommended several excellent textbooks on the subject [38, 39, 40]. A field theory is obtained by taking the continuum limit, i.e. the limit of zero lattice spacing a for the integration measure discussed above.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
In particular this means that any theory with the same symmetry breaking pattern and a mass gap will be subject to the same constraints.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
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