# Superset vs. Subset

## Difference Between Superset and Subset

#### Supersetnoun

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

*The set of human beings is a superset of the set of human children.*

*The set of characters "LBPG" is a superset of the set of characters "PG".*

#### Subsetnoun

A set A such that every element of A is also an element of S.

*The set of integers is a subset of the set of real numbers.*

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#### Supersetnoun

(weightlifting) Two or more different physical exercises performed back to back, without a period of rest between them. The exercises may employ the same muscle group, or opposing muscle groups.

#### Subsetnoun

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.*

#### Supersetverb

To perform (different physical exercises) back to back, without a period of rest between them.

#### Subsetverb

(transitive) To take a subset of.

#### Subsetverb

To extract only the portions of (a font) that are needed to display a particular document.

#### Subsetnoun

a set whose members are members of another set; a set contained within another set