Subset meaning

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Subset is defined as a portion, particularly in mathematics.

An example of subset is a classroom to an entire school.

An example of subset is {4, 5, 6} from {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9}.

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A set whose members are all contained in another set. The set of positive integers, for example, is a subset of the set of integers.
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A set contained within a set.
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Any group that is part of a larger group.

A small but vocal subset of the city's dog owners.

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(set theory) With respect to another set, a set such that each of its elements is also an element of the other set.

The set of integers is a subset of the set of reals.

The set {a, b} is a both a subset and a proper subset of {a, b, c} while the set {a, b, c} is a subset of {a, b, c} but not a proper subset of {a, b, c}.

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A group of things or people, all of which are in a specified larger group.

We asked a subset of the population of the town for their opinion.

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A mathematical set in which every element in the set is also contained in a larger set or in an equal set.

The even numbers are a subset of the whole numbers.

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A group of commands or functions that do not include all the capabilities of the original specification. Software or hardware components designed for the subset will also work with the original. However, any component designed for the full original specification will not operate with the subset product. Contrast with superset.
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Origin of subset

  • From sub- +"Ž set

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