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NOUN (8)

1. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion;
- Example: "he didn't want to discuss that subject"
- Example: "it was a very sensitive topic"
- Example: "his letters were always on the theme of love"
[syn: subject, topic, theme]

2. something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation;
- Example: "a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"
[syn: subject, content, depicted object]

3. a branch of knowledge;
- Example: "in what discipline is his doctorate?"
- Example: "teachers should be well trained in their subject"
- Example: "anthropology is the study of human beings"
[syn: discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick]

4. some situation or event that is thought about;
- Example: "he kept drifting off the topic"
- Example: "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"
- Example: "it is a matter for the police"
[syn: topic, subject, issue, matter]

5. (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated;

6. a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation;
- Example: "the subjects for this investigation were selected randomly"
- Example: "the cases that we studied were drawn from two different communities"
[syn: subject, case, guinea pig]

7. a person who owes allegiance to that nation;
- Example: "a monarch has a duty to his subjects"
[syn: national, subject]

8. (logic) the first term of a proposition;


VERB (4)

1. cause to experience or suffer or make liable or vulnerable to;
- Example: "He subjected me to his awful poetry"
- Example: "The sergeant subjected the new recruits to many drills"
- Example: "People in Chernobyl were subjected to radiation"

2. make accountable for;
- Example: "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors"

3. make subservient; force to submit or subdue;
[syn: subjugate, subject]

4. refer for judgment or consideration;
- Example: "The lawyers submitted the material to the court"
[syn: submit, subject]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. possibly accepting or permitting;
- Example: "a passage capable of misinterpretation"
- Example: "open to interpretation"
- Example: "an issue open to question"
- Example: "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
[syn: capable, open, subject]

2. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others;
- Example: "subject peoples"
- Example: "a dependent prince"
[syn: subject, dependent]

3. likely to be affected by something;
- Example: "the bond is subject to taxation"
- Example: "he is subject to fits of depression"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Subject \Sub*ject"\, n. [From L. subjectus, through an old form of F. sujet. See Subject, a.] 1. That which is placed under the authority, dominion, control, or influence of something else. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Was never subject longed to be a king, As I do long and wish to be a subject. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The subject must obey his prince, because God commands it, human laws require it. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Note: In international law, the term subject is convertible with citizen. [1913 Webster] 3. That which is subjected, or submitted to, any physical operation or process; specifically (Anat.), a dead body used for the purpose of dissection. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Make choice of a subject, beautiful and noble, which . . . shall afford an ample field of matter wherein to expatiate. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] The unhappy subject of these quarrels. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 5. The person who is treated of; the hero of a piece; the chief character. [1913 Webster] Writers of particular lives . . . are apt to be prejudiced in favor of their subject. --C. Middleton. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The subject of a proposition is that concerning which anything is affirmed or denied. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] 7. That in which any quality, attribute, or relation, whether spiritual or material, inheres, or to which any of these appertain; substance; substratum. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 9. (Mus.) The principal theme, or leading thought or phrase, on which a composition or a movement is based. [1913 Webster] The earliest known form of subject is the ecclesiastical cantus firmus, or plain song. --Rockstro. [1913 Webster] 10. (Fine Arts) The incident, scene, figure, group, etc., which it is the aim of the artist to represent. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Subject \Sub*ject"\, a. [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.] 1. Placed or situated under; lying below, or in a lower situation. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Esau was never subject to Jacob. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 3. Exposed; liable; prone; disposed; as, a country subject to extreme heat; men subject to temptation. [1913 Webster] All human things are subject to decay. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. Obedient; submissive. [1913 Webster] Put them in mind to be subject to principalities. --Titus iii. 1. [1913 Webster] Syn: Liable; subordinate; inferior; obnoxious; exposed. See Liable. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Subject \Sub*ject"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subjected; p. pr. & vb. n. Subjecting.] 1. To bring under control, power, or dominion; to make subject; to subordinate; to subdue. [1913 Webster] Firmness of mind that subjects every gratification of sense to the rule of right reason. --C. Middleton. [1913 Webster] In one short view subjected to our eye, Gods, emperors, heroes, sages, beauties, lie. --Pope. [1913 Webster] He is the most subjected, the most ?nslaved, who is so in his understanding. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. To expose; to make obnoxious or liable; as, credulity subjects a person to impositions. [1913 Webster] 3. To submit; to make accountable. [1913 Webster] God is not bound to subject his ways of operation to the scrutiny of our thoughts. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 4. To make subservient. [1913 Webster] Subjected to his service angel wings. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 5. To cause to undergo; as, to subject a substance to a white heat; to subject a person to a rigid test. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

subject adj 1: 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" [syn: capable, open, subject] 2: being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; "subject peoples"; "a dependent prince" [syn: subject, dependent] 3: likely to be affected by something; "the bond is subject to taxation"; "he is subject to fits of depression" n 1: 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" [syn: subject, topic, theme] 2: 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" [syn: subject, content, depicted object] 3: 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" [syn: discipline, subject, subject area, subject field, field, field of study, study, bailiwick] 4: 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" [syn: topic, subject, issue, matter] 5: (grammar) one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the grammatical constituent about which something is predicated 6: 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" [syn: subject, case, guinea pig] 7: a person who owes allegiance to that nation; "a monarch has a duty to his subjects" [syn: national, subject] 8: (logic) the first term of a proposition v 1: 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" 2: make accountable for; "He did not want to subject himself to the judgments of his superiors" 3: make subservient; force to submit or subdue [syn: subjugate, subject] 4: refer for judgment or consideration; "The lawyers submitted the material to the court" [syn: submit, subject]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

357 Moby Thesaurus words for "subject": IC analysis, above, academic specialty, action, actor, affair, agent, anagnorisis, angle, answerable to, application, appositive, apt, architect, architectonics, architecture, area, argument, atmosphere, attribute, attributive, author, background, basis, bondmaid, bondman, bondslave, bondsman, bondswoman, boning, brainwork, burden, burden with, business, captive, case, catastrophe, cause, chapter, characterization, charge, chattel, chattel slave, churl, citizen, citizen by adoption, classical education, client, collateral, color, common, complement, complication, concern, concubine, conning, conquer, construction modifier, contemplation, contingent on, continuity, contrivance, core, core curriculum, cosmopolitan, cosmopolite, course, course of study, cram, cramming, creator, crush, curriculum, cutting, debt slave, deep structure, demand, demeaning, denouement, dependent, dependent on, deprive of freedom, design, development, device, direct object, disadvantaged, discipline, discussed, disenfranchise, disfranchise, disposed to, doer, dominate, drill, elective, engrossment, enjoin, enslave, enthrall, episode, essence, exact, examinant, examinate, examinee, excuse, executant, executor, executrix, exercise, expose, exposed, exposed to, extensive study, fable, fabricator, falling action, fasten upon, feudal, feudatory, field, figure, filler, focus of attention, focus of interest, form-function unit, freight with, function, galley slave, general education, general studies, gimmick, gist, grind, grinding, grounds, guinea pig, head, heading, headwork, helot, hold captive, hold down, hold in bondage, hold in captivity, hold in leash, hold in subjection, homager, humanities, humble, hyphenate, hyphenated American, immediate constituent analysis, immigrant, impose, impose on, impose upon, in the shade, incident, indirect object, inferior, inflict on, inflict upon, informant, infra dig, inspection, interviewee, issue, junior, keep down, keep under, laboratory animal, lay, lay on, lay open, lead captive, leitmotiv, less, lesser, levels, levy, liberal arts, liege, liege man, liege subject, likely, line, living issue, local color, low, lower, lowly, lucubration, main point, major, make dependent, maker, material, matter, matter in hand, meat, medium, mental labor, metic, minor, modest, modifier, mood, motif, motive, movement, mover, mythos, national, naturalized citizen, nonnative citizen, object, obnoxious, odalisque, open, open to, operant, operative, operator, ordinary, participant, patient, peon, peonize, performer, peripeteia, perpetrator, perusal, phrase, phrase structure, place, plan, plot, point, point at issue, point in question, practice, practitioner, predicate, prime mover, problem, producer, prone, prone to, proseminar, put, put down, put on, put through, put upon, quadrivium, qualifier, question, questionee, quizzee, ranks, rationale, reading, reason, recognition, referred to, refresher course, responsible for, restudy, restudying, review, rising action, rubric, saddle with, scheme, scientific education, second rank, second string, secondary, secondary plot, seminar, sensitive, serf, servant, servile, set, shallow structure, slant, slave, slavish, slot, slot and filler, source, specialty, story, strata, structure, study, studying, sub, subaltern, subdiscipline, subdue, subject matter, subject of thought, subject to, subjugate, submit, subordinate, subplot, subservient, substance, surface structure, susceptible, switch, swotting, syntactic analysis, syntactic structure, syntactics, syntax, tagmeme, take captive, task, tax, taxpayer, technical education, testee, text, thematic development, theme, theow, thesis, third rank, third string, thrall, tone, topic, tributary, trivium, twist, uncover, under, underlying structure, underprivileged, vassal, vassalize, villein, voter, vulgar, weight down with, wide reading, witness, word arrangement, word order, worker, yoke with
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

subject In subject-oriented programming, a subject is a collection of classes or class fragments whose class hierarchy models its domain in its own, subjective way. A subject may be a complete application in itself, or it may be an incomplete fragment that must be composed with other subjects to produce a complete application. Subject composition combines class hierarchies to produce new subjects that incorporate functionality from existing subjects. (1999-08-31)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SUBJECT, contracts. The thing which is the object of an agreement. This term is used in the laws of Scotland.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

SUBJECT, persons, government. An individual member of a nation, who is subject to the laws; this term is used in contradistinction to citizen, which is applied to the same individual when considering his political rights. 2. In monarchical governments, by subject is meant one who owes permanent allegiance to the monarch. Vide Body politic; Greenl. Ev. Sec. 286; Phil. & Am. on Ev. 732, n. 1.