As an adjective subtle
is hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
As a verb slite is
(dialectal) to slit; tear or rip up.
As a noun slite is
(dialectal) the act or process of ripping up; rending; wear and tear.
* subtil (obsolete)
* subtile (obsolete)
Hard to grasp; not obvious or easily understood; barely noticeable.
(of a thing) Cleverly contrived.
(of a person or animal) Cunning, skillful.
* 1623 , , act iv, scene 4,
- The difference is subtle , but you can hear it if you listen carefully.
Tenuous; rarefied; of low density or thin consistency.
- Thy age confirmed, proud, subtle , bloody, treacherous.
* crafty, cunning, skillful
* (insidious) insidious
* (hard to grasp) simple
* subtle body
* (l), (l)
* (l) (Scotland)
(dialectal) To slit; tear or rip up.
(dialectal) To wear away (clothes).
(dialectal) The act or process of ripping up; rending; wear and tear.