Subtle

Definition of Subtle

Sub´tle
a.1.Sly in design; artful; cunning; insinuating; subtile; - applied to persons; as, a subtle foe.
2.Cunningly devised; crafty; treacherous; as, a subtle stratagem.
3.Characterized by refinement and niceness in drawing distinctions; nicely discriminating; - said of persons; as, a subtle logician; refined; tenuous; sinuous; insinuating; hence, penetrative or pervasive; - said of the mind; its faculties, or its operations; as, a subtle intellect; a subtle imagination; a subtle process of thought; also, difficult of apprehension; elusive.
Things remote from use, obscure and subtle.
- Milton.
4.Smooth and deceptive.
Like to a bowl upon a subtle ground [bowling ground].
- Shak.

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