(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. See Stand.]

1. To be; to have existence; to inhere.

And makes what happiness we justly call,
Subsist not in the good of one, but all.

2. To continue; to retain a certain state.

Firm we subsist, yet possible to swerve.

3. To be maintained with food and clothing; to be supported; to live. Milton.

To subsist on other men's charity.

(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.

(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.

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.

4. (Theol.) Same as Hypostasis, 2. Hooker.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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