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negative sign

the symbol (–) used to indicate a negative quantity or a subtraction; minus sign
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  • Dakota made a negative sign with his head—short and resolute.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • “The negative sign,” M. Auguste explained blandly, for our benefit.

    The International Spy Allen Upward
  • The centenarian cast a look at Vortigern with a negative sign of the head.

  • The guide made a negative sign with his head, which was probably perfidious.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • The postman left, and the schwitzar, after examining all the mail, made him a negative sign.

    The Secret of the Night Gaston Leroux
  • Andrew knew that the suggestion was prompted by delicacy, but he made a negative sign.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • One of the most certain of my discoveries in the Simian speech, is the negative sign and the word "no."

    The Speech of Monkeys R. L. Garner
  • The girl answered by a negative sign; and then at last she spoke, jerkily, as if forcing herself against some doubt or fear.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Or, 'Don't you see, Cherry, you should not have put the negative sign to that equation.

  • Dutch signalled for a drop, but Tom gave the negative sign, and indicated that he would pitch an out.

    Batting to Win Lester Chadwick

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