Subdominant meaning

sŭb-dŏmə-nənt
The fourth tone of a diatonic scale, next below the dominant.
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Less than dominant; ranking below one that is dominant.

The subdominant male in a pride of lions.

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Prevalent in a community but below the dominant in importance. Used of a species.
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Less than or only partly dominant.
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Something that is subdominant.
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A species having considerable importance in a community but much less influence than the dominant species.
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The fourth tone of a diatonic scale; tone next below the dominant.
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(music) The fourth tone of a scale.
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(music) The triad built on the subdominant tone.
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Origin of subdominant