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minus sign

noun, Arithmetic.
the symbol (−) denoting subtraction or a negative quantity.
Origin of minus sign
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was like a bracket preceded by a minus sign, which affected all that was within the bracket.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
  • The minus sign on the right arises from a heating effect having been taken here as the normal case.

    Lord Kelvin Andrew Gray
  • The consolations of spinsterhood are mainly negative, but the minus sign has its proper place in the personal equation.

    The Spinster Book Myrtle Reed
  • When the temperature has fallen, put a minus sign (-) before the number of degrees of fall.

  • In column 10 where the dates are given, a minus sign indicates the past and a plus sign the future.

    Climatic Changes Ellsworth Huntington
  • For weeks after that, though, I carried four hundred on the books with a minus sign in front.

  • The minus sign prefixed to a reading means that the variable was placed on the side of the fixed line.

  • It is like commencing with the minus sign, to learn the principle of positive mathematics.

    Unity of Good Mary Baker Eddy
British Dictionary definitions for minus sign

minus sign

the symbol –, indicating subtraction or a negative quantity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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