What does the word subsidy mean?

Usage examples for subsidy

  1. Why does a government subsidy support one rental manager to sit here in this building every day- but ten guards to patrol it every night? – This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  2. As a matter of fact, no representatives were ever sent and no subsidy was paid, nor was the protection of the empire ever sought or given. – History of Holland by George Edmundson