a the predominant theme or topic, as of a book, discussion, etc.
b (in combination)
2 any branch of learning considered as a course of study
3 (Grammar, logic) a word, phrase, or formal expression about which something is predicated or stated in a sentence; for example, the cat in the sentence The cat catches mice
4 a person or thing that undergoes experiment, analysis, treatment, etc.
5 a person who lives under the rule of a monarch, government, etc.
6 an object, figure, scene, etc., as selected by an artist or photographer for representation
a that which thinks or feels as opposed to the object of thinking and feeling; the self or the mind
b a substance as opposed to its attributes
8 (Also called)
theme (Music) a melodic or thematic phrase used as the principal motif of a fugue, the basis from which the musical material is derived in a sonata-form movement, or the recurrent figure in a rondo
a the term of a categorial statement of which something is predicated
b the reference or denotation of the subject term of a statement. The subject of John is tall is not the name John, but John himself
change the subject to select a new topic of conversation
adj usually postpositive and foll by: to
12 being under the power or sovereignty of a ruler, government, etc.
13 showing a tendency (towards)
a child subject to indiscipline
14 exposed or vulnerable
subject to ribaldry
15 conditional upon
the results are subject to correction
subject to prep under the condition that
we accept, subject to her agreement
17 foll by: to to cause to undergo the application (of)
they subjected him to torture
18 often passive; foll by: to to expose or render vulnerable or liable (to some experience)
he was subjected to great danger
19 foll by: to to bring under the control or authority (of)
to subject a soldier to discipline
20 Now rare to subdue or subjugate
21 Rare to present for consideration; submit
22 Obsolete to place below
subj (C14: from Latin subjectus brought under, from subicere to place under, from sub- + jacere to throw)
1 an idea or topic expanded in a discourse, discussion, etc.
2 (in literature, music, art, etc.) a unifying idea, image, or motif, repeated or developed throughout a work
3 (Music) a group of notes forming a recognizable melodic unit, often used as the basis of the musical material in a composition
4 a short essay, esp. one set as an exercise for a student
5 (Linguistics) the first major constituent of a sentence, usually but not necessarily the subject. In the sentence history I do like, ``history'' is the theme of the sentence, even though it is the object of the verb
6 (Grammar) another word for →
root 1 →
stem 1 →
7 (in the Byzantine Empire) a territorial unit consisting of several provinces under a military commander
8 modifier planned or designed round one unifying subject, image, etc.
a theme holiday
9 to design, decorate, arrange, etc., in accordance with a theme
(C13: from Latin thema, from Greek: deposit, from tithenai to lay down)
n an area planned as a leisure attraction, in which all the displays, buildings, activities, etc., are based on or relate to one particular subject
1 a melody used, esp. in a film score, to set a mood, introduce a character, etc.
2 another term for →