In its report, the Commerce Department breaks down sectors by their contribution to—and subtraction from—the GDP figure.
The next day amputation and subtraction had proceeded yet further.
Now it appears to me that a little child, with the simple rules of addition and subtraction, could have refuted this man.
Thus the addition or subtraction of a single chemical agent—common salt—makes all the difference.
The Indian is no fool, although he can't do addition and subtraction.
The latter difficulty is somewhat the greater of the two, addition sometimes being employed instead of subtraction.
And soon, too, she became at ease with money, and sure of her subtraction.
But when he reached his cage he saw another figure already in that temple of addition and subtraction.
The answer in subtraction is called the remainder, or difference.
We cannot solve the fundamental problems of biology by addition and subtraction.
c.1400, "withdrawal, removal," from Late Latin subtractionem (nominative subtractio) "a drawing back, taking away," from past participle stem of Latin subtrahere "take away, draw off," from sub "from under" (see sub-) + trahere "to pull, draw" (see tract (n.1)). The mathematical sense is attested from early 15c.
Þou most know þat subtraccion is drawynge of one nowmber oute of anoþer nomber. ["The Crafte of Nombrynge," c.1425]