• WordNet 3.6
    • n subdominant (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Subdominant (Mus) The fourth tone above, or fifth below, the tonic; -- so called as being under the dominant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n subdominant In music, the tone next below the dominant in a scale; the fourth, as D in the scale of A: also used adjectively. See diagram under circle.
    • subdominant Subordinate; sub-maximal or subnormal: said specifically of the stimuli which evoke marginal or obscure mental processes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Subdominant sub-dom′i-nant (mus.) the tone next below the dominant.
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In literature:

The next exercise consists in the use of three chords, tonic, dominant, and subdominant; the melody, as before, being sung.
"Music As A Language" by Ethel Home
The third movement consists of a fine Adagio in E flat, in the key of the subdominant and in three-four time.
"The Pianoforte Sonata" by J.S. Shedlock
The main theme at its third appearance is in the subdominant key, with effective rhythmic modifications.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
There were no fourths; the dominant and the subdominant were absent.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
The cadence formed when a subdominant chord immediately precedes the final tonic chord.
"The Browning Cyclopædia" by Edward Berdoe
Thus I represents tonic major, iv represents subdominant minor, and so on.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 1" by Various

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In science:

However, the true value of the corrective terms of SN (t) is more uncertain as they also depend on the subdominant factors of Γt (r).
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
Also the second and third terms are subdominant compared to the first term for small J’ in this case.
Bond-randomness-induced Neel order in weakly coupled antiferromagnetic spin chains
The 12 element in V ′ CKM is of order λ, so the rotations in eq. (30) have only a subdominant effect.
Flavour Symmetries and Kahler Operators
The size of coarse integration ∆tc is sufficiently small such that the the temporal errors are subdominant (e.g., O(10−6 ) for the mean as shown from Fig. 4.2).
Equation-free, multiscale computation for unsteady random diffusion
Fourth-order (L = 4) Jacobi basis is used in the physical space, so that the errors from spatial restriction Px are subdominant.
Equation-free, multiscale computation for unsteady random diffusion