Subtype



noun
1.
a subordinate type.
2.
a special type included within a more general type.
noun
1.
a secondary or subordinate type or genre, esp a specific one considered as falling under a general classification
programming
If S is a subtype of T then an expression of type S may be used anywhere that one of type T can and an implicit type conversion will be applied to convert it to type T.
In object oriented programming, this means that objects of type S must accept every message that one of type T would.
(1997-07-28)

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