Direct and indirect government grants on the production or exportation of goods. They can take many forms, including direct cash payments, credits against taxes, and loans with artificially low interest rates.
Engl. law. An aid, tax or tribute granted by parliament to the king for the urgent occasions of the kingdom, to be levied on every subject of ability, according to the value of his lands or goods. The assistance given in money by one nation to another to enable it the better to carry on a war, when such nation does not join directly in the war, is called a subsidy.