From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Subordinary \Sub*or"di*na*ry\, n. (Her.)
   One of several heraldic bearings somewhat less common than an
   ordinary. See Ordinary.
   [1913 Webster]

   Note: Different writers name different bearings as
         subordinaries, but the bar, bend, sinister, pile,
         inescutcheon bordure, gyron, and quarter, are always
         considered subordinaries by those who do not class them
         as ordinaries.
         [1913 Webster]
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