Definitions for "Dependent clause"
A subordinate clause. See clause.
clause that can not stand alone as a sentence and must be combined with an independent clause. Independent Clause example: The hobo passed through town unnoticed. Dependent Clause example: As the hobo passed through town... See for more information: Guide to Grammar and Style Dependent vs. Independent Clauses
a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb