subclass (plural subclasses)
- (taxonomy) A rank directly below class
- (object-oriented programming) An object class derived from another class (its superclass) from which it inherits a base set of properties and methods.
subclass (third-person singular simple present subclasses, present participle subclassing, simple past and past participle subclassed)
- (transitive, computing) (in object-oriented programming) To create a subclass of (some class).
- I subclassed the Button class to create a more specialised FancyButton class for my user interface.
- (transitive, computing) To cause (an object) to act as an instance of a subclass (by creating the desired subclass and instantiating an object of this subclass).
- 2000, James D. Foxall, MCSD in a Nutshell: The Visual Basic Exams (page 93)
- Since Windows knows about these events, your application should be able to know about them as well. In order to accomplish this, subclass the window of a form or control, intercepting all of its events.
- (cause to act as a member of a subclass): unsubclass