(Sub*sign") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Subsigned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Subsigning.] [L. subsignare;
sub under + signare to mark: cf. F. soussigner. See Sign.] To sign beneath; to subscribe. [R.] Camden.
(Sub`sig*na"tion) n. [L. subsignatio.] The act of writing the name under something, as
for attestation. [R.] Shelton.
(Sub*sil"i*cate) n. A basic silicate.
(Sub*sist") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Subsisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Subsisting.] [L. subsistere to stand
still, stay, remain alive; sub under + sistere to stand, to cause to stand, from stare to stand: cf. F. subsister.
1. To be; to have existence; to inhere.
And makes what happiness we justly call,Pope.
Subsist not in the good of one, but all.
2. To continue; to retain a certain state.
Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve.Milton.
3. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live. Milton.
To subsist on other men's charity.Atterbury.
(Sub*sist"), v. t. To support with provisions; to feed; to maintain; as, to subsist one's family.
He laid waste the adjacent country in order to render it more difficult for the enemy to subsist their army.Robertson.
(Sub*sist"ence) n. [Cf. F. subsistance, L. subsistentia.]
1. Real being; existence.
Not only the things had subsistence, but the very images were of some creatures existing.Stillingfleet.
2. Inherency; as, the subsistence of qualities in bodies.
3. That which furnishes support to animal life; means of support; provisions, or that which produces provisions; livelihood; as,
a meager subsistence.
His viceroy could only propose to himself a comfortable subsistence out of the plunder of his province.Addison.
4. (Theol.) Same as Hypostasis, 2. Hooker.