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WordNet 2.0
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence
  • the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated
  • (logic) the first term of a proposition
  • 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"
  • a person who owes allegiance to that nation
  • "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
  • 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"
  • refer for judgment or consideration
  • "She submitted a proposal to the agency"
  • make accountable for
  • "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"
  • 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"
  • make subservient
  • force to submit or subdue
  • being under the power or sovereignty of another or others
  • "subject peoples"
  • "a dependent prince"
  • 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"
subject
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation. [Obs.] Spenser.

    2. 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." -- Locke.

    3. Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation.

    "All human things are subject to decay." -- Dryden.

    4. Obedient; submissive.

    "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities." -- Titus iii. 1.

    Syn. -- Liable; subordinate; inferior; obnoxious; exposed. See Liable.

  • 1. That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else.

    2. 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." -- Shak.

    "The subject must obey his prince, because God commands it, human laws require it." -- Swift.

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    In international law, the term subject is convertible with citizen.

    3. That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically (Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection.

    4. 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." Milton.

    "Make choice of a subject, beautiful and noble, which . . . shall afford an ample field of matter wherein to expatiate." -- Dryden.

    "The unhappy subject of these quarrels." -- Shak.

    5. 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." -- C. Middleton.

    6. (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." -- I. Watts.

    7. 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." -- Sir W. Hamilton.

    8. 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." -- Sir W. Hamilton.

    9. (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." -- Rockstro.

    10. (Fine Arts) The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent.

  • 1. 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." -- C. Middleton.

    "In one short view subjected to our eye, Gods, emperors, heroes, sages, beauties, lie." -- Pope.

    "He is the most subjected, the most &?;nslaved, who is so in his understanding." -- Locke.

    2. To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions.

    3. To submit; to make accountable.

    "God is not bound to subject his ways of operation to the scrutiny of our thoughts." -- Locke.

    4. To make subservient.

    "Subjected to his service angel wings." -- Milton.

    5. To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test.

 

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

George MacDonald
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