adjective, subtler, subtlest.
thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odor.
fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand:
delicate or faint and mysterious:
a subtle smile.
requiring mental acuteness, penetration, or discernment:
a subtle philosophy.
characterized by mental acuteness or penetration:
a subtle understanding.
cunning, wily, or crafty:
a subtle liar.
insidious in operation:
skillful, clever, or ingenious:
a subtle painter.
not immediately obvious or comprehensible
difficult to detect or analyse, often through being delicate or highly refined: a subtle scent
showing or making or capable of showing or making fine distinctions of meaning
marked by or requiring mental acuteness or ingenuity; discriminating
delicate or faint: a subtle shade
cunning or wily: a subtle rogue
operating or executed in secret: a subtle intrigue
noun 1. the seventh tone of a scale, being the next below the upper tonic. noun 1. (music) the seventh degree of a major or minor scale Also called leading note
noun 1. (Brit) suburban development that encroaches on rural areas yet appears to offer the attractions of country life to suburban dwellers
noun 1. a topic that is included within another topic.
adjective 1. subtropical (def 2). adjective 1. an obsolete word for subtropical subtorrid (sŭb-tôr’ĭd) Subtropical.